Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name




Degree Program

Sociology, MA

Committee Chair

Brooms, Derrick

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Schroeder, Ryan

Committee Member

Schroeder, Ryan

Committee Member

Smith, Siobhan

Author's Keywords

racialization; muslim men; stigma; stigma management


The experiences of American Muslim men deserve further study because they are relevant to current civil rights discussions, especially in a social-political climate that is growing increasingly hostile toward the Islamic world. Despite acknowledging the significant impact of gender, relatively little research has focused exclusively on masculine Muslim experiences of stigmatization. This research addresses the experiences of religiously practicing Muslim men and addresses the following questions: How do Muslim men experience stigma in their communities? What experience do these men have with religious institutions? And finally, how do these experiences with religious institutions inform how these individuals manage stigma? Using semi-structured qualitative research interviews with men who attend Islamic religious services in a large mid-western United States city and observation sessions at the religious services these men attend, this research finds that these men use stigma management techniques to navigate their social environments and combat racialized stigmatization.