Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2024

Faculty Advisor(s)

Dr. C. Ann Gordon


Since the September 11th terrorist attacks, Islamophobic dispositions in the United States have surged within its political and societal arenas. In this paper, I will examine two specific dimensions of Islamophobia such as ceasing immigration from Muslim countries and increased police presence in Muslim neighborhoods and how those behaviors may be influenced by political affiliation and different ways news is consumed using social media and cable news. Relying on the Chapman Survey of American Fears, a representative national sample of U.S. adults completed a forty-question survey in which I tested the above independent variables to see their individual effects on the two dimensions of Islamophobia being researched. Among the interesting findings were that many respondents who identified as Republicans agreed that there should be increased police presence in Muslim neighborhoods and the United States should cease all immigration from Muslim countries, proving a noticeable correlation between the political affiliation and Islamophobia. It was also discovered that cable news and news derived from social media may not have as big of a factor on influencing Islamophobia as I had expected. Understanding Islamophobia, the role it plays in American politics and society, and the major influencers of this hateful behavior are crucial towards preserving the freedom and equality of all individuals in the United States.


Presented at the Spring 2024 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.