Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal Fellow
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 and identity construction among both immigrant and incarcerated American Muslim populations. In my dissertation, “From Incarceration to Imancipation: Blackamerican Muslim Conversion and Reentry,” I use Islamic conversion as an opportunity to study how identity change and the creation of self-narratives mitigates the effects of incarceration stigmas on formerly incarcerated individuals by examining its effect on reentry outcomes (e.g., employment, housing, health, and social networks) in a comparative framework across religious traditions. While assessing how conversion while incarcerated impacts reentry outcomes for African American Muslim converts, I pay particular attention to how these individuals make sense of their newly acquired religious identity and juggle multiple marginalized identities.