Major: Political Science
School: University of Southern California
Youssef Chouhoud is a doctoral student in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California, where he is a Provost Fellow. His current research interests include democratization, with an eye to the Middle East, and political tolerance, with a focus on Muslim minorities in the West. Youssef earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Lehigh University where he went on to complete a Master of Arts degree in Political Science as a President’s Scholar.
Prior to enrolling at USC, Youssef spent two years in Egypt studying Arabic and dissecting the “Arab Spring” for readers of www.MuslimMatters.org, where he serves on the editorial board. A former president of the Lehigh Muslim Students Association, Youssef remains active in the Muslim community at USC and the greater Southern California area. He hopes to continue this service while progressing toward his goal of becoming a university professor.
Since receiving the ISF National Scholarship, I have crossed a number of milestones. Alhamdulilah I was able to complete and defend my qualifying exams and dissertation proposal. Moreover, for the 2015-2016 academic year, I will be among the inaugural cohort of Mentored Teaching Fellows at USC, designing and instructing my own course: “Democratization Theory and the Arab Uprisings.” With each step toward my goal of becoming a university professor, I always reflect on (and am grateful for) the early boost I was fortunate enough to receive from ISF.