Doctoral Candidate

B.A., Sociology and Arabic Studies, Georgetown University

M.Ed., Literacy Curriculum and Instruction, American University

MA, Sociology, University of Chicago


Noureldin’s research interests include racialized religion, immigration and changing generational attitudes toward belonging, as well as identity construction, including both self-selective and assigned racial categorizations. Her research, which primarily relies on the nationally representative 2007, 2011, and 2017 Pew Muslim American Surveys, consists of repeated cross-sectional analyses to track group-level and generational changes in racial identity formation among American Muslims.  

Her dissertation, titled “American Muslim Racialized Religious Identity Construction and Cognitive Decision-Making Strategies,” is a mixed-method study that examines the effect of racialized identity on integration attitudes and beliefs among American Muslims and explores how these relationships vary across racial and ethnic lines, birthplace, immigrant generation, and skin color. Along with the Pew Muslim American surveys, Noureldin conducts cognitive interviews to investigate the cognitive process and decision-making strategies used in producing attitudes and beliefs on belonging based on identity markers.

Her master’s thesis, “American v Muslim? Religiosity as a Marker of Fragmented Identification among American Muslims” examines the association between religiosity markers and primary self-identification among American Muslims and determines the likelihood of one identification category over another. It won the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion’s (SSSR) Best Student Paper Award in 2019.

In 2020, Noureldin was elected Student Representative for the American Sociological Association’s (ASA) section on Religion, where she also serves on the committee for Diversity and Inclusion.