Jihan Mohammed

Jihan  Mohammed
  • PhD Alumna
  • Department of Sociology
  • PhD, Michigan State University, 2021
  • MA, Michigan State University, 2017
  • MA, University of Foggia, 2009
  • BA, University of Foggia, 2004


Jihan Mohammed


Jihan Mohammed earned her PhD at Michigan State University's Sociology Department. Her research areas are race and ethnicity, political sociology, social psychology. She is particularly interested in using qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate national and ethno-sectarian identities in the Middle East. Much of her research focuses on social distance and sectarian discrimination in Iraq and Lebanon. For her dissertation, she looked at how sectarian identities are constructed and deconstructed in conflict areas like Iraq. Specifically, she is investigating how the sectarian narrative impacts on Iraqi Sunnis and Iraqi Shiites’ discriminatory attitudes.

She was born and raised in Iraqi Kurdistan Region and, prior to attending Michigan State University, worked as an instructor at the University of Dohuk/Iraq for three years. At the age of 19 she was granted the UNESCO Co-Sponsored Fellowships Program to study in Italy. She has a BA in letters and philosophy and an MA in education earned from the University of Foggia/Italy. She also has an MA in sociology earned from Michigan State University.