The CMES Middle East Forum presents
Associate Professor of Middle East Politics and Islamic Studies, University of Washington Bothell
Karam Dana's scholarship explores the evolution of transnational political identities and their impact on civic engagement and political participation, with a focus on Palestinians and American Muslims. As an interdisciplinary social scientist, he examines social contexts related to religion, identity, and politics to describe, explain, and provide answers to persisting theoretical and policy questions. The overarching theme of his scholarly journey is centered on how ethno-, socio-political, and religious identities are formed, evolve, and transform under different socio-economic and political circumstances.
He is the founding Director of The American Muslim Research Institute (AMRI), and the co-Principal Investigator of The Muslim American Public Opinion Survey (MAPOS), which remains one of the largest surveys of Muslims in the US, a decade on. He has also led The Middle East Public Opinion Project (MEPOP) and directed more than a dozen public opinion surveys in the Arab world, including “The 2013 Palestinian Public Opinion Survey,” which explores Palestinian opinions and attitudes on various socio-economic conditions and political issues 20 years after the signing of the Oslo Accords. He has been able to secure funds to pursue my research around the world from various foundations and research funding agencies including the Carnegie Corporation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation. In addition to his duties at UW Bothell, he is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Political Science at UW Seattle, a member of the faculty in the Honors Program, and a core faculty in the Interdisciplinary Near and Middle Eastern Studies Ph.D. Program.
A light lunch will be served.
Contact: Liz Flanagan