Inaash Islam Assistant Professor of Sociology

Inaash Islam


Ph.D. in Sociology, Virginia Tech
M.S. in Sociology, Virginia Tech
B.A. in Sociology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Areas of Expertise

Race, Muslim Studies, Islamophobia, Gender, Social Media, Media Studies, Racial and Ethnic Identities, The Immigrant Experience

Courses I Teach

Introduction to Sociology
Race & Ethnic Relations
Social Problems
Deviance, Norms & Social Control

Current Research

My current research examines how Islamophobia is shaping western Muslim and non-Muslim perceptions and expectations of Muslim women. In this work, I pay special attention to Muslim female social media influencers to understand how they perform Muslim femininity, modesty, piety and the hijab on Instagram and YouTube. I am also co-authoring a book with Dr. Saher Selod (Simmons University) and Dr. Steve Garner (Cardiff University) on global Islamophobia, and preparing (1) a project that seeks to understand how taking the hijab off is influenced by Islamophobia, and (2) a project that examines how Black Muslims experience anti-Black racism in immigrant mosques.

Recent News

Inaash Islam began work at Saint Michael’s in August as assistant professor of sociology. Inaash graduated from Virginia Tech with a master’s and doctorate in sociology. She lives in Winooski.
(posted February 2022)