The Washington Post: Biden ended the Muslim Travel Ban

UC researcher co-authors opinion piece on perceptions of Muslims in the U.S.

Now that President Biden has reversed Trump’s travel ban, travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries will be allowed entry to the United States.

Mobility, however, doesn’t solve the problem of bias in the U.S., says a team of researchers, including UC’s Brian Calfano, who has a joint appointment in the Departments of Political Science and Journalism at UC.

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Brian Calfano, who has joint appointments in the Departments of Political Science and Journalism at UC.

Calfano and colleagues cited survey results –from  a 2018 survey of 1,500 non-Muslim residents of California, Michigan and Ohio – that explored whether commitment to democratic norms could improve perceptions of Muslims.  

“Public polling and our research show Muslims in the U.S. continue to face public dislike and outright discrimination. Even when U.S. Muslims demonstrate their support of democratic values, bias persists.”

Calfano teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in experimental design, research methods, political reporting, and politics and media. He conducts research on marginalized groups, political information use, religion and politics, and journalistic coverage of political events. 

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Image at top: People carry posters during a rally against President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations. Photo/Andres Kudacki/AP

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