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Laila H. Noureldin

Visiting Assistant Professor, Occidental College and Loyola Marymount University
RSDR Fellow

Laila H. Noureldin is a researcher, professor, and consultant who bridges the gap between academic inquiry and social impact. She is a dynamic speaker and storyteller whose lectures offer a window into the lives of communities at the crossroads of race, religion, and identity in America.

With a PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago, Noureldin has dedicated her career to exploring the intricate lives of marginalized communities, including Muslim American and Black American communities. Her groundbreaking research sheds light on how these populations navigate identity, integration, and the challenges they face in America. Her insights are not just academic; they have profound implications for criminal legal reform, immigration policy, national security, and international diplomacy. Noureldin’s rigorous research has been recognized for its excellence, earning awards from the Population Association of America, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the Midwest Sociological Society, among others.

Beyond her research, Noureldin is a visiting assistant professor at Occidental College and Loyola Marymount University. In her classrooms, she navigates complex theories of religion, identity, and crime, and teaches the science of mixed-methodological research.

Noureldin’s passion for social impact extends into her consultancy work with Rich Diversity Consulting, where she helps organizations navigate complex social problems.

Featured Work: From Incarceration to Emancipation: How Blackamerican Muslim Male Converts Access and Use New Religious Networks during Incarceration and Reentry

Upcoming Projects: “American vs. Muslim? Religiosity as an Indicator of Self-Identification among American Muslims” (under review)