Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
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The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) was founded in 2002 as a research institution seeking to develop objective, solution-oriented research about challenges and opportunities facing American Muslims. As written in the Columbia Journalism Review, “Similar to Pew or Gallup, the Institute uses survey data to gauge the attitudes of Muslim Americans, and the general American public, on a wide range of topics in its annual American Muslim Poll (AMP). Those topics include political leanings, attitudes on censorship, experiences of discrimination, and responses to religiously motivated violence.”[1]
The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU)
TypeThink Tank
WebsiteOfficial website
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting says, “The American Muslim Poll addresses a gaping deficit in popular knowledge: About 50 percent of Americans say they don’t know a Muslim in real life, leaving half the country to rely on the media to understand approximately 3.5 million of their compatriots, and 1.8 billion people around the world.”[2]
The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding is funded by individual donors and institutional grants, including the Democracy Fund, New York Community Trust, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Pillars Fund, Proteus Fund, and others.[3][4][5][6][7]
Research areas and projects
ISPU’s research topics can be categorized in three parts: social policy, public policy, and thought leadership. Along with publishing original research, ISPU provides toolkits, interviews, webinars, presentations and workshops to disseminate this research to government officials, media professionals, educators, faith leaders and the general public.
Subject matter covered by ISPU studies and projects include: Studying marriage and divorce among American Muslims, tracking challenges facing American Muslim youth, analyzing Muslim spaces (mosques, community centers, etc.), and fostering debate and discussion on CVE (Countering Violent Extremism). ISPU has also conducted studies on Islamophobia and bias in media coverage of ideologically-motivated violence in the United States.
Key leadership
Meira Neggaz, Executive Director
Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research
Scholars and fellows
ISPU works with a number of experts on a wide variety of issues related to their respective areas of research and specialty. Affiliated scholars and fellows include: Laila Alawa, Moustafa Bayoumi, Hassan Abbas, Arsalan Iftikhar, Asifa Quraishi-Landes, Ihsan Bagby, and Hatem Bazian, among others.
  1. ^ Ahmed, Amal. "A better quality of data on Muslim Americans". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  2. ^ Berk, Hannah. "Beyond Religion: Covering American Muslim Communities Confidently and Creatively". Pulitzer Center. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Institute for Social Policy and Understanding". Democracy Fund. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Oral Histories and Data Tell the Stories of Muslims in New York". New York Community Trust. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Community BriefStrength Through Diversity: Four Cases of Local and State Level Coalition Success" (PDF). ISPU. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Our Portfolio". Pillars Fund. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  7. ^ Downing, Claire. "10 Lessons Learned From 10 Years of RTF Grantmaking Lesson 5: Islamophobia is an Intersectional Phenomenon, and We Must Tackle It with Our Partners Across All Racial Justice Movements". Proteus Fund. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
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