Position Title: Primary Investigator on “Indigenous Islam: Native American Muslim Stories” (NAMS) project

Period of Performance: 18 months

Location: US based virtual

Classification: Part time stipend position

Stipend: $20,000

Summary Description:

ISPU is seeking an entrepreneurial research professional with experience in researching Indigenous/ Native American communities to lead a project aimed at shining light on the little-known stories of Indigenous Muslims, their struggles, strengths and unique needs. The project will produce a first of its kind narrative survey of Indigenous American Muslims, telling the stories of Native Americans who are Muslim through photo narratives, and thematic analysis of personal stories. The ideal candidate has experience setting up systems to document community contributions or activities and has the ability to engage academics, American Muslim leaders and media professionals alike. The project would require an 18-month commitment to complete research and dissemination.

Scope of activities:

Refine project methodology – developing strategy to use a snowball sampling approach to locate Native American Muslim research participants
Conduct qualitative field work (in-depth one-on-one interviews)
Oversight of collection and data analysis of quantitative data
Conduct qualitative data analysis
Management of project team in assistance with ISPU Project Manager & Research Director
Provide bi-weekly updates to ISPU Project Manager & Research Director
Capture short vignettes that tell the diverse stories of Native American Muslims
Write the final report and executive summary in accessible and clear English
Input into repackaging of materials and communication plan for dissemination
Disseminate research findings upon completion of the report through webinars and/or in-person events (if deemed safe)

MA required/PhD preferred in related field
Expertise in community based research of Indigenous/Native American communities or related fields.
Experience planning and carrying out qualitative research methodologies
Ability to engage Indigenous/Native American communities, academics, American Muslim leaders and media professionals alike
Demonstrated ability to gather, analyze, and present information in a clear, concise, and understandable manner
Strong interpersonal, cross-cultural, and problem-solving skills
Highly motivated individual with the ability to work independently and operate on a flexible work schedule

To apply, please email your cover letter, resume, and writing sample to: humanresources@ispu.org by August 27th, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls please.

Tagged as: community-based research, interviews, narratives, native american muslims, oral history, qualitative research, research, storytelling

About Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

ISPU is an independent, nonpartisan research organization specializing in addressing the most pressing challenges facing the American Muslim community and in bridging the information gap between the American Muslim community and the wider society. ISPU conducts objective, empirical research and offers expert policy analysis on some of the most pressing issues facing the United States. In addition, ISPU has assembled leading experts across multiple disciplines and built a solid reputation as a trusted source for information about American Muslims and Muslim communities around the world.

ISPU scholars provide insight into the major debates taking place across the country. They offer context-specific analysis and recommendations to journalists, policymakers, and the general public through reports, policy briefs, articles, op-eds and books. Our research aims to educate the general public and enable community change agents, the media, and policymakers to make evidence-based decisions.