Besheer Mohamed, senior researcher at the Pew Research Center, will explore place of Muslims in the U.S. He will discuss survey data that attempts to quantify how Muslim are perceived by the larger US public and how that perception has shifted over the years. He will also present data on size and attitudes of American Muslim communities in the U.S.
Mr. Mohamed is a senior researcher at Pew Research Center. He is involved in the design and implementation of many of the Center’s domestic religion polls. He specializes in studying religious minorities in the U.S., with a specific focus on Muslim Americans. Before joining Pew Research Center, Mohamed worked at the University of Chicago’s Survey Lab. Mohamed received a doctorate in sociology as well as a master’s degree in Middle East studies from the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Implications of Religious Identity for American Muslims and Muslim Immigrants: Hurt by Recession but Not Complaining. He has worked on the Center’s surveys of Muslim Americans, Mormons and Asian Americans as well as its polling on religion and politics. Mohamed has presented his work at academic conferences and been interviewed as an analyst by a variety of broadcast and print media. http://www.pewresearch.org/staff/besheer-mohamed/
This program is one part of a nation-wide initiative, Humanities in the Public Square, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and aimed at fostering meaningful dialogue in communities about the most pressing issues of the day.