Aala Abdelgadir

  • Assistant Professor

Aala Abdelgadir is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. She is a comparative scholar of identity and politics. In the European context, her research investigates the impact of institutional policies and societal attitudes on the meaningful inclusion of Muslim minorities. In sub-Saharan Africa, Abdelgadir's work examines the historical origins of conservative Islamic ideas and identities and their implications for contemporary political attitudes and behaviors. 

Courses Taught

Teaching Assistant, Immigration and Multi-Culturalism (Stanford)
Teaching Assistant, Science of Politics (Stanford)

Education & Training

  • PhD in political Science, Stanford University, 2021

Representative Publications

Political Secularism and Muslim Integration in the West: Assessing the Effects of the French Headscarf Ban (with Vasiliki Fouka). American Political Science Review. 2020.

Research Interests

Identity and Politics
Religion and Politics
African Politics
Migration and Citizenship


Area of Study