Yazdiha’s research examines the mechanisms underlying the politics of inclusion and exclusion as they shape intergroup boundaries, ethno-racial identities, and political culture. Her research projects have explored questions about dynamics of belonging, identity, and resistance through a range of cases including Muslim diasporas, immigrant rights movements, Black-Brown coalitions, community policing, and right-wing groups.
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Reveals how as powerful groups remake the collective memory of the Civil Rights Movement toward competing political ends, they generate offshoots of remembrance that distort history and threaten the very foundations of multicultural democracy.
Analyzed interviews with law enforcement and focus groups with Muslim communities. Found that police deploy racial logics of CVE to distinguish between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Muslims, rewarding the former with resources/protection and punishing the latter with surveillance/criminalization.
Compares case studies of immigrant rights and nativist battles to analyze how movements and counter-movements use frames to generate or disrupt strategic alliances. Findings identify strategic racial frame deployment as a mechanism that can either amplify or obfuscate racial meanings, consequently bridging or wedging alliances.
Finds that Muslim Americans' perceptions of agency are patterned across intersections of race and ethnicity, gender, class, and nativity, driving three central interpretations of the dilemma of policing and strategic decisions: fear and disengagement; anger and grassroots mobilization against police; and neutrality and collaboration with police.
Examines shifts in the racial framing of Muslims in the NYT in the decade before and after 9/11 finding evidence of increasingly racialized, but more complex, representations of Muslims in the decade after 9/11 where frames evolve from locating social problems in states and institutions to Muslim peoples and cultural pathology.