Quantitative and qualitative research methods, family and adolescence, immigration, and gender.
Ismail Nooraddini, M.A. is a PhD candidate in Sociology at George Mason University (GMU), and a survey and methodology consultant for the Department of State (DOS). He received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Maryland College Park in 2009 and earned his M.A. degree in Sociology from University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2012. His primary research interests include qualitative and quantitative methods, family, immigration, and child development.
His dissertation research uses Add Health to examine how family structure and family processes influences sociocultural outcomes in children from immigrant and non-immigrant homes.
His professional background includes over ten years of quantitative and qualitative research for government, private, marketing, and academic sectors. He has designed and assisted in research projects for The Department of Education (ED), The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), The U.S. Department of State (DOS), The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Social Security Administration (SSA), The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and Department of Justice (DOJ), The State of Maryland, UMBC, and several Fortune 500 companies. He has also taught college level courses on social research methodology and Sociology at local colleges, and occasionally leads workshops on best practices in survey research.
For more information on Mr. Nooraddini, please visit his LinkedIn profile
To be frank, I think most of Sociology’s tools and framework are dated. It’s reliance on archaic theory and refusal to incorporate biology and statistics is to its detriment. My work tries to identify problems, and, using recent research, offer actionable solutions to meet the needs of my clients and stakeholders.
Mr. Nooraddini has two main areas of interest. First he is interested in qualitative and quantitative research methods. On the qualitative side, he is interested in field work, in-depth interviewing, and cognitive interview techniques. On the quantitative side, he is interested in instrument design, data management, and statistical techniques (i.e., multivariate regression, structural equation modeling, and longitudinal data analysis). When combined together, qualitative and quantitative research methods provide a robust manner to get at your set of research questions.
His other research area involves using these techniques to understand immigrant families and second-generation child development. Family units provide essential social tools which assist children with interpersonal development, including: critical thinking and social skills- which feed into socializing, friendship, employment, and romance. From his experience and the experiences of many other immigrant children and families, it is possible that the child-parent interaction within immigrant families offers a unique set of social skills which may hinder or facilitate how they navigate their social networks. He has chosen to use his research experience to define the skill sets which arise from this dynamic. He is ultimately interested in answering the question of how the pervasive element of culture, and acculturation process of immigrants, impacts parent-child dynamics - and the subsequent social tools arising out of this interaction.
I am currently leading and assisting with multiple research projects across several faculty. On the personal front, Zahra Khan and I are examining gender dynamics in immigrant households. More specifically, we am curious if gender beliefs manifest in a manner which induces conflict in immigrant households. As such, through the use of hierarchical linear modeling, I am testing whether parent-child gender belief dissonance negatively impacts household climate. Moving away from immigrants, albeit remaining with topic of adolescents, I am also assisting Dr. Shannon Davis and a fellow graduate student to determine the effects hormones may or may not have on gendered behaviors.
In addition, I am working on a paired study with NORC and Dr. Jim Witte on a number of projects that examines attitudes toward immigrants. In one vein we are running a series of experiments that will determine best practices for designing questionnaires on understanding immigrants as "problems". In another vein, we are designing and administering a survey to a sample in the Washington-Baltimore area that would assess under what social conditions positive and negative beliefs toward immigrants emerge.
My dissertation will consist of a secondary data analysis of immigrants in the United States United States. Immigrants and their children account for nearly one-third of the population, and in many instances, are failing to assimilate along expected lines of integration. While most research focuses on policy, there is a tremendous dearth of literature on the role of the family. Using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) I plan on using a series of statistical models (i.e., finite mixture modeling, HLM, and SEM) to estimate family structures and processes and examine how these structures affect measures of cultural integration among subsequent generations.
If you are interested in working with me, feel free to contact me at the email address listed above. I have several topics Id love to share with you.
Nooraddini,I. (Forthcoming, 2022). Means and Ends. In Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict.
Nooraddini,I. and Davis, S. (Forthcoming, 2022). Marital Expectations. In Marriage and Divorce in America: Issues, Trends, and Controversies.
Nooraddini, I. and J.C. Witte. (2021). Introduction to the study "The Impact of Quantity and Quality of Interaction of Attitudes Toward Immigrants (IQQIAI): A Survey of Residents in the Washington and Baltimore Metropolitan Areas". Institute for Immigration Research. Available on the IIR website
Nooraddini, I. (In Press 2021). Intergenerational Transmission of Gendered Attitudes Among Second-Generation Adolescents: The Role Culture Plays in Modifying the Transmission of Gender Ideology from Immigrant Mothers to their Children. Advances in Gender Research.
Leshem, O., Nooraddini, I., Witte, J. (2019). Surveying Societies Mired in Conflict: Evidence of Social Desirability Bias in Palestine. International Journal of Public Opinion. https://doi.org/10.1093/ijpor/edz002
Sugovic, M., I. Nooraddini, B. Sherehiy (2016). “Evaluation of Safety Label Design: Comparison between Cognitive Interviewing versus Focus Group Methods.” Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting; 60:1632-1636. Doi: 10.1177/1541931213601376
Manion, T., A. Akinyemi, I. Nooraddini, E. Haile (2012). “A Comparison of Suicide Characteristics and Precipitating Circumstances by Age Group Among Maryland Resident: Data from the Maryland Violent Death Reporting System, 2003-2009.” Suicidology Online; 3:131-137. Available online: http://www.suicidology-online.com/pdf/SOL-2012-3-131-137.pdf
Works in Progress
Davis, S., Nooraddini, I., & Evans, J. Nature, Nurture, and Adult Gendered Selves: An Examination of Twin and Non-Twin Siblings (Manuscript in Progress).
Witte, J.C. and Nooraddini, I. Frequency and Quality of Interaction with Immigrants and Attitudes Toward Immigration (Manuscript in Progress).
Nooraddini, I. and Witte, J.C. Social Factors Contributing to Beliefs in Immigrants as a "Problem" at the Local and National Level (Manuscript in Progress).
Nooraddini, I. and Khan, Z. Intergenerational Gender Ideology Dissonance, Parent-Child Conflict and Bonding Among Second-Generation Adolescents: The Role Culture Plays in Modifying Household Dynamics and Mother-Child Relationships (Manuscript in Preparation).
Cheah, C. S. L., Tahseen, M., Balkaya, M., Nooraddini, I. & Castro., K. M. Exploring the conceptualization of risky behaviors among Muslim-American adolescents through focus groups (Manuscript in preparation).
Furuya, Y., Nooraddini, I., Wang, W., Waslin, M. (2019). A Profile of Immigrant Teachers in The United States. Institute for Immigration. Available online at https://iir.gmu.edu/articles/12824.
Nooraddini, I. (2018). A Profile of Immigrants from Travel Ban-Affected Countries in the United States. Institute for Immigration Research. Available online at https://iir.gmu.edu/articles/11814.
Restrepo, J., Ulasevich, A., Rhone, M., Mbangdadji, D., Nooraddini, I., Van Over, M., and Eulner Ott, M. (2017). Review of Summer Work Travel Program: Program effects and economic impact. Alliance for International Exchange. Available at http://www.alliance-exchange.org/sites/default/files/SWTReportExecSum_EurekaFacts_20170612.pdf.
Nooraddini, I., Ton, A., & Sherehiy B. (2017). Millennial Work Engagement: An Unmet Desire. EurekaFacts White Paper. Available online: https://www.academia.edu/34194277/Millennial_Work_Engagement_An_Unmet_Desire.
Nooraddini, I., & Sherehiy, B. (2016). “Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE) 2016 Communications Survey.” Maryland Health Connection. Available at http://www.marylandhbe.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/MHC-Survey-Report-2016-10.17.16.pdf.
Nooraddini, I., & Sherehiy, B. (2016). “Table Saw Blade Guard Survey: Modular guard System Usage and Preferences.” Consumer Product Safety Commission. Available at http://www.cpsc.gov/Global/Regulations-Laws-and-Standards/Voluntary-Standards/Voluntary-Standards-Reports/EurekaFactsTableSawBladeGuardSurveyReport(Final6bcleared)updatedcoverpage.pdf.
Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) Travel Funds for American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Conference (2020)*
Graduate Student Travel Fund (GSTF) to Attend Southern Sociological Society (SSS) Conference (2020)*
Russel Sage Grant for Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods (2019)
Dennis-Weathers Sociology Award (2019)
Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) Travel Funds for Association of Psychological Science (APS) Conference (2019)
Graduate Student Travel Fund (GSTF) to Attend Southern Sociological Society (SSS) Conference (2019)
Graduate Research Assistantship Fellowship (2017 - 2020)
*Cancelled or retracted due to COVID-19
Methods of Social Research (Fall 2014, Fall 2015)
Hood College, Department of Sociology and Social Work
Introduction to Sociology (Spring 2015)
Montgomery College, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice
Primary Advisor: Shannon Davis
PhD Sociology- George Mason University (In progress)
M.A. Sociology- University of Maryland Baltimore County (2012)
B.A. Sociology- University of Maryland College Park (2010)
Nooraddini, I. (2021). Online Focus Groups in Mexico with Low-Income Communities: What we learned from virtual focus groups. U.S. Department of State.
Davis, S., Nooraddini, I., & Evans, J. (2020). Nature, Nurture, and Adult Gendered Selves: An Examination of Twin and Non-Twin Siblings. Paper presentation at the 90th annual meeting at the Southerns Sociological Society. Pennsylvania, PA.*
Nooraddini, I., Nazar, K., and Waslin, M. (2020). A Profile of Foreign-Born Green Job Workers in the United States. Paper presentation at the Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference. Fairfax, VA.*
Bautisa, Rene, Ventura, I, Smith, T. W., Nooraddini, I., and Witte, J. (2020). The “Problem” with asking about the Immigration Problem. Paper presentation at the at the 90th annual meeting at the Population Association of America (PAA). Washington, DC.*
Bautisa, Rene, Ventura, I, Smith, T. W., Nooraddini, I., and Witte, J. (2020). The “Problem” with asking about the Immigration Problem. Paper presentation at the at the 75th annual meeting at the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR). Atlanta, GA.*
Nooraddini, I. (2020). Intergenerational Transmission of Gendered Attitudes Among Second-Generation Adolescents: Using a Multi-group Structural Equation Model to Test Interaction Effects of Mother's Gender Ideology and Her Nativity on Adolescent Gender Attitudes. Paper presentation at the 90th annual meeting at the Eastern Sociological Society. Pennsylvania, PA.
Nooraddini, I., Witte, J., Wagner, G. (2019). Integration of Immigrants in Germany and the United States: A Comparative Analysis of Turks in Germany and Mexicans in the United States. Poster Presentation at the 31st Association of Psychological Science. Washington, DC.
Furuya, Y., Nooraddini, I., Wang, W. (2019). A Profile of Immigrant Teachers in The United States. Paper presentation at the 82 annual meeting at the Southern Sociological Society. Atlanta, GA.
Cheah C. Tahseen, M., Balkaya, M., Nooraddini, I. (2018). Exploring the Conceptualization of Risk Behaviors Among Muslim-American Adolescents Through Focus Groups. Poster presentation at the 25th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the study of Behavioral Development. Queensland, Australia.
Nooraddini, I. (2017). Immigrants and Community College in the United States. Poster presentation at the annual conference for GGS GIS Day 2017, Fairfax, VA.
Sugovic, M., Nooraddini, I., Teal, C., & Sherehiy, B. (2017). Concurrent versus Retrospective Think-Aloud Method in 4th Grade Children. Presentation at the annual conference for American Association for Public Opinion Research, New Orleans, LA.
Sugovic, M., Nooraddini, I. & Sherehiy, B. (2016). Evaluation of Safety Label Design: Comparison between Cognitive Interviewing versus Focus Group Methods. Paper presented at the annual conference for Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Washington, DC.
*Cancelled or retracted due to COVID-19
"We Can Stop Passing Down Hate, Bigotry". USA Today. August 31, 2018.
"On More Essential for Child Care in Maryland". Baltimore Sun, MD. August 23, 2018.
"His PhD research hit close to home". George Mason University. August 3, 2018.
"Just the Facts on Cultural Exchange". Huffington Post. September 14, 2017.
"Despite Proven Technology, Attempts To Make Table Saws Safer Drag On". NPR. August 10, 2017.