Riad Nasser

Professor of Sociology
Director of Middle East Studies & Globalization and Society Minors

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Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Culture and Identity
  • Conflicts in Sociological and Cultural Perspective
  • Nationalism and Ethnicity
  • Comparative Perspectives on Religion
  • Minorities in the Middle East
  • Schools and Society

Ongoing Research

"Spaces of Identity: Spatial Representation of Homeland in Palestinian and Israeli School Textbooks." The study examines the relationship between space and national identity. In this case, I examine space representation and their relationship to national identity through the analysis of geography and history school textbooks currently used by Palestinian students under the Palestinian Authority (PA), and Israeli Jewish students in Israel (2014-2016).

"Patriarchy, Religion and Citizenship" explores the process of female political socialization for citizenship in Jordan. It asks whether the messages the state sponsored civic studies school textbooks are consistent with the universal civil, political, social and economic citizenship rights. In this study, I interpret modern citizenship as a form of political identity, which transcends all forms of particularism (gender, race, religion, age, etc.) unto a universal identity based on a set of rights available to all in any given nation-state. In reality, however, some nation states' citizenship laws and/or practices discriminate against minorities, women, and religious groups. Theoretically, this study adds another facet to the understanding of the complex forces which contribute to the formation of contemporary citizenship identity in the nation-state system. Upon completion, this project has great potential for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Maryland
  • M.A., International Development, Clark University
  • B.A., Sociology, Tel-Aviv University

Selected Publications

Other Research Projects

"Victims of our own Narratives: an Analysis of Palestinian and Israeli School Textbooks." Member of an international team of scholars from Brown, Georgetown, Syracuse, and Yale Universities, and other scholars from Germany, Norway, Sweden, Israel, and Palestine. The main purpose of the team was to provide methodological guidance for the study of Palestinian and Israeli school textbooks. On 4 February 2013, the results of this three-year research project on images of the other in Palestinian and Israeli school textbooks were released. See http://israelipalestinianschoolbooks.blogspot.com/.



  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), Fairleigh Dickinson University (2005)



Riad Nasser
Professor of SociologyDirector of Middle East Studies & Globalization and Society Minors
Tel: 973-443-8386

Department of Social Sciences and History
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Ave, M-MS3-02
Madison, NJ 07940

Fairleigh Dickinson University Mansion
Office Location
Room 20B

Recovered Histories

Palestinian Identity