Counter-Islamophobia Project

Our Team

Dr. Abbas Barzegar

Dr. Barzegar posseses years of applied research experience with recognized expertise in American Muslim history, transnational Muslim civil society and intra-faith relations. He is a former professor at Georgia State University and graduated from Emory University in 2010 in the field of Religious Studies. His work has been supported by the European Union, The British Council, the US Institute of Peace (USIP), the Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).Dr. Barzegar’s commentary and analysis may be found in a variety of print and broadcast media outlets, including CNN, Fox News, The Guardian, Huffington Post, and Aljazeera. He also maintains professional research affiliations with Georgetown University’s Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Studies and George Mason University’s Ali Vurak Center for Global Islamic Studies.

Expertise:

  • American Muslims
  • Islamophobia
  • Research
  • Public speaking
  • Civil rights
  • Advocacy
Dr. Abbas Barzegar
Dr. Abbas BarzegarDirector, Research and Advocacy Department[email protected]

Zainab Arain

Zainab has more than half a decade of research and communications experience. She has published bylines in and conducted interviews with multiple media outlets, ProPublica, HuffPost, BBC Urdu, the New York Times, CNN, Voice of America, Buzzfeed News, Congressional Quarterly, the Orlando Sentinel, and the Muslim Vibe. Her expertise lies in qualitative and quantitative research on American Muslims and Islamophobia in the U.S. Zainab has authored several reports on these issues. Her most recent work, "Hijacked by Hate" maps the flow of funding from charitable organizations to anti-Muslim special interest groups, and their negative impact on public life. Zainab received her master's from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in Islamic Studies. Prior to this, she received her BA in Communication Studies from UCLA and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Expertise

  • Islamophobia
  • American Muslims
  • Philanthropic funding of hate groups
  • Civil rights data
  • Writing
  • Research
Zainab Arain
Zainab ArainManager, Research and Advocacy Department