Department of Sociology

Shan Siddiqui

MOT, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

PhD Candidate
Shan Siddiqui



Race and ethnicity, Immigration, Islamophobia, Population Health Disparities, Medical Sociology


Shan is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology and graduate trainee in the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to beginning his PhD program, Shan completed his master's degree in occupational therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and has worked in various clinical settings, including adult psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and outpatient pediatrics. His primary research interests are in race and ethnicity, immigration, and population health disparities.

His master's thesis, "Perceived Islamophobia and Life Satisfaction among Muslim Americans," used nationally representative survey data to investigate the associations between multiple forms of discrimination and subjective well-being among U.S. Muslims.

Currently, Shan is researching how social forces beyond acculturation, such as racism and immigration enforcement, impact the health of South Asian Americans. His work has appeared in the Journal of Refugee & Global Health and been recognized by the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs.


SOC 307E • Contemp Us Social Problems-Wb

44610 • Spring 2021
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM
Internet; Synchronous


This course examines contemporary social problems confronting the United States, using sociological concepts and perspectives to analyze the nation’s most pressing issues, including racial injustice, immigration enforcement, gender inequality, economic stratification, encoded bias in technology, and environmental degradation. Drawing from a variety of sources, we will discuss how these social issues manifest and are recreated in American society, as well as their consequences on people living in the United States.


Required Texts:

All assigned readings will be posted to Canvas.


Grading Policy:

A          93-100             C+       77-79.99          D-        60-62.99
A-        90-92.99          C         73-76.99          F          59.99 or below
B+       87-89.99          C-        70-72.99
B          83-86.99          D+       67-69.99
B-        80-82.99          D         63-66.99

Exam 1 (25% of overall grade)

Exam 2 (25% of overall grade)

Exam 3 (25% of overall grade)

Contemporary U.S. Social Problem Writing Assignment (20% of overall grade)
Pop quizzes (5% of overall grade)



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