Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Afzal Family Foundation
Nasir Almasri is a Presidential Graduate Fellow pursuing his PhD in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has worked in higher education administration, contributed as an editor for the Chicago Monitor, interned for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago), and served as a teacher, tutor, mentor, and coach to young students inside and outside of the Muslim community in Chicago.
His professional interests lay at the intersection of minority rights, religion, and political violence. In pursuing a career as an academic, Nasir hopes to reframe narratives regarding Islam and Muslims in public, academic, and policy discourses, especially as it relates to American foreign policy and political violence worldwide. He also wants to encourage young Muslims to use their skills and backgrounds to pursue careers that can positively impact Muslim and other minority communities in the United States and abroad.
Nasir was born and raised in Chicago. He graduated with a B.S. in Political Science (summa cum laude) and B.A. in History (summa cum laude) from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2015, where he also served as the President of the Student Body. He then completed his M.A. in International Relations with Honors at the University of Chicago in Spring 2017. He currently works as a Research Analyst at the Chicago Project on Security and Threats and at the Program on Political Violence.
Areas of interest
- International Relations