Musa al-Gharbi

Assistant Professor of Communication, Journalism and Sociology, Stony Brook University
Research Associate, Heterodox Academy

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Al-Gharbi's research explores how we think about, talk about, and produce knowledge about social phenomena including race, inequality, social movements, extremism, policing, national security, foreign policy and domestic U.S. political contests.


In the News

Opinion: "Disposable People," Musa al-Gharbi, The Baffler, April 1, 2020.
Opinion: "Too Noxious for Tenure?," Musa al-Gharbi, The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 1, 2019.
Opinion: "If the Midterms were a Referendum, Trump Won," Musa al-Gharbi, The Washington Post, November 9, 2018.
Quoted by John Blake in "One Word Shows How Much We've Changed the Way We Talk About Race," CNN, June 29, 2018.
Interviewed in "A Social Scientist on the Liberal-Left Biases of Social Scientists," National Review, May 2, 2018.
Opinion: "If Conservative Views are Not Represented in Social Research, Leftists Will Suffer Most," Musa al-Gharbi, Times Higher Education, March 29, 2018.
Opinion: "About That Blue Wave...," Musa al-Gharbi, New York Times, March 7, 2018.
Opinion: "Is Trump the New Clinton?," Musa al-Gharbi, The Baffler, March 6, 2018.
Quoted by Graham Vyse in "How Trump Wins Reelection," The New Republic, February 26, 2018.
Quoted by Thomas B. Edsall in "Can Democrats Follow #MeToo to Victory?," New York Times, January 18, 2018.
Quoted by Conor Brady in "A Rough Ride ahead with Trump as Default Driver," The Times, November 6, 2017.
Research discussed by Stacey Leasca, in "This Behavioral Phenomenon is One of the Reasons Trump Will Probably Win Reelection in 2020," Mic, September 3, 2017.
Opinion: "On the Philosophy of Conservatism," Musa al-Gharbi, Philosophy Now, August 2017.
Opinion: "It's Disadvantaged Groups That Suffer Most when Free Speech is Curtailed on Campus," Musa al-Gharbi, The Atlantic, July 8, 2017.
Opinion: "Forget about Impeachment—Donald Trump Will Likely be President until 2024," Musa al-Gharbi, Quartz, May 17, 2017.
Opinion: "Trump Will Likely Win Reelection in 2020," Musa al-Gharbi, The Conversation, May 10, 2017.
Opinion: "A Counter-Terrorism Approach to Trump," Musa al-Gharbi, Huffington Post, April 20, 2017.
Quoted by Thomas B. Edsall in "Donald Trump’s Political Stew," New York Times, March 9, 2017.
Opinion: "The Democratic Party is Facing a Demographic Crisis," Musa al-Gharbi, The Conversation, February 27, 2017.
Opinion: "In the Age of Trump, Thank God for James Comey," Musa al-Gharbi, Huffington Post, February 3, 2017.
Opinion: "Racial Profiling is a Bad Counterterrorism Strategy," Musa al-Gharbi, The American Conservative, September 21, 2016.
Quoted by Colbert I. King in "The Decline of the Black Republican," The Washington Post, September 2, 2016.
Opinion: "Why Aren’t There More Black Republicans?," Musa al-Gharbi, The American Conservative, January 18, 2016.
Guest on NewsMax TV, September 21, 2015.
Opinion: "The Case for an Unprincipled Foreign Policy," Musa al-Gharbi, Wilson Quarterly, July 26, 2015.
Research discussed by John Haltiwanger, in "The Mexican Drug War Has Killed More Americans Than ISIS Or Ebola Ever Could," Elite Daily, October 21, 2014.
Opinion: "Mexican Drug Cartels are Worse than ISIL," Musa al-Gharbi, Al Jazeera America, September 20, 2014.


"Race and the Race for the White House: On Social Research in the Age of Trump" The American Sociologist (2018): 1-24.

Demonstrates how research on Trump and his supporters has been systematically distorted by researchers' own deep revulsion towards the man and what he represents to them, and by strong priors about what kind of person would vote for Trump, and what they would be motivated by.