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Iman Said

Bunton-Waller Fellow

Doctoral Candidate

912 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802

Office Hours:

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Curriculum Vitae

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  1. M.S. Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati 2018
  2. B.B.A. Business Administration, University of Cincinnati 2017


Iman is a doctoral candidate in Criminology where she studies inequality, social institutions, and race. Her research uses qualitative and quantitative methods to explore how Black communities are affected by neighborhood disadvantage, access to prosocial bodies (such as religious groups), and surveilling institutions including the police. She has studied the ways in which Black men develop their racial identity over their course of adolescence and early adulthood and, separately, how religious identity and beliefs about criminal attribution shape punitive attitudes. Iman is committed to policy-relevant research; in her current projects, she explores the utility of religion in overcoming structural barriers to reentry and substance use recovery among incarcerated persons, develops proposals for ending police violence against Black communities, and examines reactions to Black Lives Matter protests. 

Her dissertation melds her interests in an exploration of prison religious conversion among Black men in the post mass incarceration era. She examines both the utility of their newfound religiosity in coping with prison life and surviving outside prison as well as how their conversion to Islam, a faith with a radical political history in prison, influences their racial identity and opinion of civic and political organizations. 

Her work has appeared in Punishment & Society and Race and Justice


The Effect of Religious Practice on Life in Prison: A Comparative Analysis of Religious Identity and Racial Identity

Dissertation Chair(s):

Dr. Derek Kreager

Research Interests:

Crime, Law, & Deviance; Social Stratification & Inequality; Policing; Incarceration Experiences & Reentry; Qualitative & Mixed Methods