Selcuk Sirin's Research Lab


Muslim-American Identity Negotiation Study (MAIN):
This exploratory study took a mixed method approach to investigating the formation of a "Muslim-American" identity among college-aged students in post-9/11 New York City. Specifically, we asked, how do Muslim-Americans describe their "hyphenated selves"? How does minority stress (perceived discrimination and acculturative stress) affect the identity negotiation process of Muslim-Americans? Are there important gender, generational status (e.g., first vs. second generation immigrants in the US), and immigration origin (e.g., Arab, Southeast Asian) differences in the identity negotiation processes of Muslim Americans? We gathered data from more than 80 adolescents and 136 young adults using surveys, identity maps, focus groups and personal interview to begin answering these questions about Muslim-American identity negotiation process.

Relevant Publications:

 Sirin, S.R., & Gupta, T. (in press). Muslim, American, and immigrant: Integration despite challenges. In Masten, A.M.,              Hernandez, D., & Liebkind, K. (Eds.). Capitalizing on migration: The potential of immigrant youth. Washington,                                D.C.: APA Books. 

 Fine, M., Katsiaficas, D., Hertz-Lazarowtiz, R., Sirin, S.R., Yosef-Meitav, M., Farah, A., & Zoabi, N. (in press). Researching        Hyphenated Identities in politically contentious contexts: Data from the United States and Israel. In Nagata, D.K.,                          Kohn-Wood, L.P., & Suzuki, L.A. (Eds.). Qualitative Strategies for Ethnocultural Research. Washington, D.C.: APA                       Books.

 Sirin, S.R., Abo-Zena, M., & Shehadeh, H. (in press). Contributions despite challenges: Exploring positive youth                    development among Muslim American youth. In R.M. Lerner, R. Roeser, E. Phelps (Eds.). Positive Youth                        Development and Spirituality: Research Perspectives and Future Possibilities. 
Sirin, S.R., & Katsiaficas, D. (in press). Understanding the role of gender in Muslim identity negotiation process: A                      moderated mediation model. Youth and Society.
 Sirin, S.R., & Imamoglu, S. (2009). Muslim-American hyphenated identity: Negotiating a positive path. In Phillips, R. (Ed.).            Muslims in West: Spaces of Hope. (pp. 236-251). London: Zed Books. 
 Sirin, S. R., Bikmen, N., Mir, M., Zaal, M., Fine, M., & Katsiaficas, D. (2008). Exploring dual identification among Muslim-              American emerging adults: A mixed methods study. Journal of Adolescence, 31(2), 259-279. 
  Sirin, S. R., & Fine, M. (2008). Muslim American youth: Understanding hyphenated identities through multiple methods.                      New York University Press: New York.
 Fine, M., & Sirin, S.R. (2007). Theorizing hyphenated lives: Researching marginalized youth in times of historical and                      political conflict. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 1(1), 16-38. 
 Sirin, S.R., & Fine, M. (2007). Hyphenated selves: Muslim American youth negotiating their identities across the fault lines                    of global conflict. Applied Developmental Science, 11(3), 151-163. 
 Sirin, S.R., & Balsano, A. (2007). Introduction to Special Issue. Pathways to identity and positive development among Muslim          youth in the West. Applied Developmental Science, 11(3), 109-111. 

 Balsano, A., & Sirin, S. R. (2006). Comments on the Special Issue. Muslim youth in the West: "Collateral damage" we cannot             afford to disregard. Applied Developmental Science, 11(3), 178-183. 

 Sirin, S.R., & Fhay, S. (2006). What do Muslims want? A voice from Britain. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 6(1),                6-10. [BOOK REVIEW]


Political Identity Conflict Study (PICS):
This exploratory study investigates the negotiation of identity for emerging adults in politically polarized contexts. Data were collected from youth in Istanbul, Turkey, a region which is geographically and culturally at the intersection of the Middle East and Europe. The study hopes to examine the influence of the politically polarized Islamist-Secularist divide on youth's identity and psychological well-being.


Dean's Research Travel Colloquium (DRTC)
This colloquium aims to provide a deeper understanding of identity as a social construct in general and Muslim identity as a socially constructed, historically determined phenomenon in particular. Students in this class consider how we view Muslims in the US and also examine their own assumptions. Through a cultural exchange with Turkish students at BahçeŇüehir University questions of cultural and religious identity are explored. This course includes a visit to Istanbul, Turkey where through lectures and on-site visits, students develop empirical research skills by conducting an empirical study of their own.