Sociology Graduate Students

Saugher Nojan
  • Title
    • PhD Candidate
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
    • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
    • Education Department
  • Affiliations Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California, Student Success Equity Research Center (SSERC)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, 3rd floor
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College

Research Interests

Critical Race & Ethnic Studies, Gender, Religion, Immigration Incorporation, Civic & Political Engagement, Education, Critical Muslim Studies, Critical Refugee Studies, Equity-Oriented Community-Engaged Research, Critical Pedagogy

Women of Color in Collaboration & Conflict Research Cluster

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D. in Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz (expected 2021) 

M.A. in Education, University of California, Santa Cruz

B.A. in Sociology, with Honors, Summa Cum Laude, CSU Sacramento 


Professional Development: 

CITL: Course Design Certificate, 2020

ICPSR: Quantitative Methods for Social Research, 2019

Inclusive Teaching & Diversity, UCSC, 2018

Graduate Leadership Certificate, 2017

Community Engaged Research Institute, 2016

Digital Media Scholarship and Storytelling, 2016

Stanford Institute on Islam for Educators, 2016 

Social Justice Leadership Certificate, 2014



Honors, Awards and Grants


Critical Refugee Studies Collective Grant

Islamic Scholarship Fund

Division of Student Success Research Grant 


UC National Center for Free Speech & Civic Engagement 

Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity


Research Center for the Americas Graduate Student Mini-grant

Center for Comparative Studies in Immigration Fellowship

Office for Diversity Equity & Inclusion Graduate Student Grant

Graduate Student Association, Solidarity Commitee Grant 

Distinguished Mentor Award (MINT Women's Center)


Chancellor's Graduate Internship Program (2017-2018)

Distinguished Mentor Award (MINT Women's Center)

Regents Fellowship


Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship (2014-2021)

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Selected Publications



Nojan, Saugher. In Press. “Racialized Religious and Civic Engagement: Insights into Intra-Muslims Racial Diversity on University Campuses.” Sociology of Religion. 


Nojan, Saugher. 2020. “Muslim Students Combating Institutional Inertia with Participatory Action Research” In Confronting Critical Equity and Inclusion Incidents on Campus: Lessons Learned and Emerging Practices, Edited by, Hannah Oliha-Donaldson. Routledge Press.


Nojan, Saugher. 2020. "Why ethnic studies? Building Critical Consciousness among Middle School students." Middle School Journal 51 (2): 25-35.



Under Review

Nojan, Saugher. Revise and Resubmit. "Now I Always Say I'm Afghan:" Examining Racialized Hauntings and Anti-Muslim Racism." Ethnic and Racial Studies. 


Nojan, Saugher. "Hyper(in)visible Muslim Students and Racial-Religious Decoupling in the University." Invited Submission to AERA Open


London, Rebecca, Ronald D. Glass, Ethan Chang, Sheeva Sabati, and Saugher Nojan. Under Review. “Community Partner Perspectives on the Ethics and Politics of Knowledge in Community-Engaged Research Collaborations.” 




Allen, Shaonta and Nojan, Saugher. 2020. Virtual Issue: Religion. Social Problems.


Nojan, Saugher. 2020. “Examining Civic Engagement and Campus Climates among University of California Muslim Students.” UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement.


Nojan, Saugher, Nadia Roche, and Claudia Lopez (Editors). 2019.Witnessing & Testimony: Hurt, Healing & HerstoriesWomen of Color in Collaboration & Conflict Research Cluster.


Nojan, Saugher. 2019. "Muslim Student Perceptions of Campus Climate." CIRI Research Brief Series. California Immigration Research Initiative. Center for Comparative Immigration Studies. UC San Diego. 


Nojan, Saugher. 2018. “Book Review of Civil Racism: The 1992 Los Angeles Rebellion and The Crisis of Racial Burnout by Lynn Mie Itagaki (University of Minnesota Press),” Lateral 7.2.



Teaching Interests

Critical Race & Ethnic Studies; Research Methods (Qualitative, Quantitative & Collaborative Research); Sociology of Immigration and Identity in the U.S.; Critical Refugee Studies; Race, Gender and Empire; Race and Religion; Sociology of Education; Critical Pedagogy; Civic & Political Engagement in the U.S.; Women of Color Feminist Theory & Methods