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Rachel M. Gillum

Fellow, Immigration Policy Lab, Stanford University
Chapter Member: Bay Area SSN, California SSN
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About Rachel

Gillum is an expert on Muslim American integration and government relations. Her most recent research focuses on the effect of Countering Violent Extremism and Counter Terrorism policies on these communities and their interaction with the government. Gillum is a Fellow at Stanford's Immigration Policy Lab, an Advisor at the Institute for Social Policy and understanding and Regional Director of the Truman National Security Project.


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In the News

Guest on Ozarks Tonight, March 7, 2018.
Quoted by Brian Calfano in "We the People: Are We a Government for the People, by the People?," Ozarks First, November 3, 2017.
Opinion: "Racism in the U.S. Isn't Just Wrong— It's a Global Liability," Rachel M. Gillum (with Tony Johnson), Talking Points Memo , January 9, 2015.
Opinion: "Why the NYPD's Decision to Drop a Unit That Spies on Muslims May Help Counterterrorism," Rachel M. Gillum, The Washington Post, April 16, 2014.
Opinion: "There is No Difference in Religious Fundamentalism between American Muslims and Christians," Rachel M. Gillum, The Washington Post, December 16, 2013.


"Muslims in a Post-9/11 America: A Survey of Attitudes and Beliefs and Their Implications for U.S. National Security Policy" (University of Michigan Press, 2018).

Explores how government counterterrorism policies can alienate the country's most integrated Muslims and become counterproductive to national security.

"Muslim Expectations of U.S. Law Enforcement Behavior" in Understanding Muslim Political Life in America: (Contested) Citizenship in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Brian Calfano and Nazita Lajevardi (Temple University press, 2018).

Explores how the post-9/11 scrutiny has affected Muslim American attitudes towards law enforcement. Examines how Muslim Americans' expectations of fair police treatment change based on whether the suspect is a Muslim or not.

"Religiosity-of-Interviewer Effects: Assessing the Impact of Veiled Enumerators on Survey Response in Egypt" (with Lisa Blaydes). Politics and Religion 6, no. 3 (2013): 1-24.

Finds that the perceived religiosity of an interviewer impacts respondents' expressions of personal piety and adherence to Islamic cultural norms.