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Dr.  Atiya  Husain
Dr. Atiya Husain
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Atiya Husain completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. One of her projects is on the relationship between racial categorization and religion. With a focus on Muslims in the US, this research has addressed the contemporary significance of how "race" emerged historically based on notions of religion as a way to organize and categorize for various ends. Historically and in the contemporary period, the figure of the Muslim reinforces and shapes the basic contours of the black-white based US racial hierarchy. This research can be found in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Sociology Compass, Religion Compass, and Slate. Her current major project is on the FBI’s most wanted program. This research zeroes in on how the US produces race and terrorism in the 20th/21st centuries in its ascendance as a global capitalist power. This research can be found in Ethnic and Racial StudiesSociology of Race and Ethnicity, Sociology CompassReligion Compass, Slate, and Boston Review.

Additional Publications

Husain, Atiya. Terror and Abolition. Boston Review. 11 July 2020.

Husain, Atiya. (2020). Deracialization, Dissent, and Terrorism in the FBI’s Most Wanted Program. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

Husain, Atiya. 2019. Moving beyond (and back to) the black–white binary: a study of black and white Muslims’ racial positioning in the United States. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 42(4), 589–606.

Husain, Atiya. 2019. “Of mocktails and Muslims.” Religion Compass.

Husain, Atiya. 2017. “Retrieving the Religion in Racialization: A Critical Review.” Sociology Compass. 2017;e12507. doi:10.111/soc4.12507

Husain, Atiya. “Are Jews White?” Slate. 14 August 2018.

Husain, Atiya. 2017. Book Review of Su’ad Abdul Khabeer’s Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States. Sociology of Religion. srx035,

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2017
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2013
B.A., University of Michigan 2008
Sociology and Near Eastern Studies
Contact Information
Areas of Expertise
Crime and Policing
Muslims and Islam in the US
Black Studies
Social Movements
Qualitative Methods