Dr. Nina Daoud is a Black feminist scholar, teacher, and writer whose academic work uses intersectionality as an analytical approach to advancing equity among Black diasporic college students. Her approach to teaching and mentorship is guided by the words of Black feminist writer, bell hooks, who believes that empowering students to “be better scholars” is to provide them with the knowledge necessary “to live more fully in the world beyond academe.” Embodying this ethic, Dr. Daoud's community-based research strives to (a) disrupt dominant narratives of a singular experience for Black collegians; (b) examine the nexus among race, religion, and gender for Black Muslim women; and (c) investigate the role of the college campus in shaping post-9/11 Muslim American identity development. Dr. Daoud's scholarship remains attentive to the multiple intersections of identity, thereby offering us insights, frameworks, and policy recommendations to better support diverse student populations.
Dr. Daoud is committed to conducting research that is rigorous, intentional, and remains accountable to the communities she studies. Trained in qualitative methods, Dr. Daoud has employed ethnography, narrative inquiry, portraiture, and case study approaches in her research and teaching. Her work appears in several peer-reviewed journals including American Journal of Education, Journal of College Student Development, and Journal of Negro Education. She has also presented her research at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and American Education Research Association (AERA) annual meetings. Dr. Daoud's scholarship is recognized nationally; she is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for her study titled, Portraits of the (In)visible: Examining the Intersections of Race, Religion, and Gender for Black Muslim Women in College. Her dissertation research also garnered her the Ruth Strang Research Award from NASPA’s Center for Women.
Dr. Daoud currently works as an analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office where she uses her methodological, research, writing, and presenting skills to conduct fact-based research supporting Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities. She previously worked as a research associate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education.
Dr. Daoud earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. She also holds an M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Cornell University.