Karam Dana

Associate Professor

B.A. Economics; Political Science: Political Economy, University of Washington
M.A.I.S. International Studies: Middle East Studies, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Washington

Phone: 425-352-5284
Email: karam@uw.edu
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246


I am inspired and continuously informed by the active participation of students in the classroom setting, where I place heavy emphasis on rigorous yet creative engagement with diverse primary sources in addition to an informed critique of contemporary scholarly production. Student questions provide a foundation of my intellectual curiosity, which is the most fundamental aspect of being a scholar.

When planning curriculum, I go beyond simply using theory. I explore innovative ways to engage students in the subject matter. Some of the challenges to effective teaching in today’s academic institutions lie within the perception that teaching is a one-way process. There is no doubt that teaching is a two-way stream, whereby creating a safe environment for students to express their opinions provides for a more effective learning process. Inclusive, multi-cultural, and globally focused education is at the core of my teaching philosophy and practice. A classroom where diverse opinions are expressed, debated and respected can represent a microcosm of a larger community where differences are accepted, celebrated, and further supported.

Recent Courses Taught

BISGST 374 Middle East Politics
BIS 312 Approaches to Social Research
BIS 490 Politics of the Arab 'Spring'
BIS 490 Islam and Muslims in Western Contexts
BIS 499: Portfolio Capstone
BPOLST 593: US Foreign Policy in the Middle East


My research examines how religion influences political identities in different cultural and societal contexts. My work on the Middle East explores how religious messages were used as tools of tapping into the popular impulse of the people, in order to mobilize and rally support against the British colonial authorities in Palestine, during the British Mandate period. I also study the political and civic engagement of Muslims in Western contexts, but specifically in the United States. I am the co-principal investigator of The Muslim American Public Opinion Survey "MAPOS": a research project that received the 2009 Best Paper Award in the Race Ethnicity and Politics of the American Political Science Association. To date, MAPOS is still the largest study of Muslims in the US with a sample size of (N=1410). At the University of Washington Bothell, I am the principal investigator of two projects: The American Muslims Research Institute (AMRI) and The Middle East Public Opinion Project (MEPOP). My current research explores Middle East public opinion, Palestinian socio-economic conditions, and the ways state-society relations have transformed in the Middle East in recent years.  

Former Academic Appointments

Research Fellow, Dubai Initiative, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 2010-2012.
Associate, Center for American Political Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, 2011-2012.
Fellow, Committee on Social Studies, Harvard University, 2011-2012.
Visiting Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy & Department of History, Tufts University, 2010-2011.
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Islam in the West Program, Harvard University, 2009-2010.

Selected Publications

Dana, Karam. 2018. “What the United States Can Learn From Palestine: Defining Human Rights and Democracy in an International Context.” Journal of Civil and Human Rights. Accepted/Forthcoming. 

Dana, Karam,  Nazita Lajevardi, Kassra Oskooii, and Hannah Walker. 2018. “Veiled Politics: Experiences with Discrimination among American Muslim Women.” Journal of Politics and Religions. Accepted/ Forthcoming.

Ocampo, Angela X., Karam Dana, and Matt Barreto. 2018. “The American Muslim Voter: Community Belonging and Political Participation.” Social Science Research. Accepted/ Forthcoming. DOI:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2018.02.002

Dana, Karam. 2017. "Anti-Western Feelings in the Arab World and the Role of Exposure to the West: Rethinking Connections Through Public Opinion." Territory, Politics, Governance. DOI:10.1080/21622671.2017.1292946 

Dana, Karam, Bryan Wilcox-Archuleta and Matt Barreto. 2017. “The Political Incorporation of Muslims in America: The Mobilizing Role of Religiosity in Islam.” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. doi:10.1017/rep.2017.4 2056-6085/17 

Dana, Karam. 2017. “Contextualizing Cynicism: Palestinian Public Opinion Towards Human Rights and Democracy.” Muslim Journal of Human Rights and Democracy. 14:1, 113-144. DOI: 10.1515/mwjhr-2016-0023 

Oskooii, Kassra and Karam Dana. 2017. "Muslims in Great Britain: The Impact of Mosque Attendance on Political Behaviour and Civic Engagement." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2017.1330652

Dana, Karam. 2017. “The West Bank Apartheid/Separation Wall: Space, Punishment, and the Disruption of Social Continuity.” Geopolitics. 22: 4, 887-910, DOI: 10.1080/14650045.2016.1275576 

Dana, Karam. 2016. "Confronting Injustice Beyond Borders: Palestinian Identity and Nonviolent Resistance." Politics, Groups, and Identities.
DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2016.1229625

Dana, Karam and Hannah Walker. 2015. "Invisible disasters: the effects of Israeli occupation on Palestinian gender roles." Journal of Contemporary Arab Affairs. Volume 8, No 4 (2015).

Dana, Karam. 2015. Review of “Why the West Fears Islam: An Exploration of Muslims in Liberal Democracies” by Jocelyne Cesari. International Journal of Middle East Studies. Vol 47, No 4 (2015): 837-839.

Dana, Karam and Belal Salamah. 2015. The Islamic Liberation Party: From Intellectual Awareness to Political Practice in Palestine and Beyond. In Islamic Hizb ut-Tahrir in Palestine: Intellectual Foundation and Politics between Theory and Implementation. Pp. 119-150. Arab Institute for Research and Publishing. Beirut, Lebanon.

Dana, Karam and Stephen Franklin. 2013. “Islam in America” in Lawrence Pintak and Stephen Franklin’s (Ed.) Islam for Journalists: A Primer on Covering Muslim Communities in America. Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. Columbia, Missouri. Pp. 96-127.

Dana, Karam. 2012. "Negotiating Influence: The Economy, Security Apparatus, and the Asad Regime." The Syrian Studies Association Bulletin. A book review of Bassam Haddad's Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience. Vol 17, No 2 (2012)

Dana, Karam, Matt Barreto and Kassra Oskooii. 2011. Journal of Religions. “Mosques as American Institutions: Mosque Attendance, Religiosity, and Integration into American Society.” 2(4): 504-524.

Dana, Karam. 2011. “Muslims in America: A profile.” The Dubai Initiative Paper Series. The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Dana, Karam. 2011. “Political Economics: The Challenges of Economic Development in Palestine” The Dubai Initiative Paper Series. The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Dana, Karam. 2011. Journal of Politics and Religion. Review of “The Cartoons that Shook the World” by Jyttee Klausen. 4(2): 390-392.

Dana, Karam and Stephen Franklin. 2011. “Islam and Muslims in America.” in Lawrence Pintak’s Islam and Main Street: A Crash Course for Domestic American Reporters. The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Center for Distance and Professional Education. Washington State University.