Dr. Abbas Barzegar - National Research and Advocacy Director

Dr. Abbas Barzegar, Ph.D. is National Research and Advocacy Director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.  

Dr. Barzegar posseses years of applied research experience with recognized expertise in American Muslim history, transnational Muslim civil society and intra-faith relations. He is a former professor at Georgia State University and graduated from Emory University in 2010 in the field of Religious Studies.

His work has been supported by the European Union, The British Council, the US Institute of Peace (USIP), the Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).Dr. Barzegar’s commentary and analysis may be found in a variety of print and broadcast media outlets, including CNN, Fox News, The Guardian, Huffington Post, and Aljazeera.

He also maintains professional research affiliations with Georgetown University’s Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Studies and George Mason University’s Ali Vurak Center for Global Islamic Studies.


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