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Zein Murib

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Curriculum Vitae


BA, University of Colorado, Political Science and Women’s Studies
MA and PhD, University of Minnesota, Political Science

Research Interests

Murib’s current research project, “Brokering Identity: Exploring the Construction of LGBT Political Identity and Interests in US Politics, 1968-2001,” focuses on the politics of sexuality and gender, interest groups and social movements, and marginalized political identities in U.S. politics. In this study, Murib raises and addresses central questions to the study of politics, such as: How and to what effect do particular groups become salient and legible political identity categories? Through what processes, both inside and outside of political institutions, are agendas of interests for groups developed? And how and to what effect do agendas of certain interests come to be associated with particular groups in politics? Animating these three broad questions is concern for how it is that inequalities are produced both between and within groups, often with consequences for the most marginalized members: people of color, women, those who do not confirm to gender norms, people living in poverty, people with disabilities, and those who are undocumented.

Murib’s work has been published in Transgender Studies Quarterly; Politics, Groups, and Identities; and New Political Science.

Courses Taught

  • POSC 3311 American Social Movements
  • POSC 3213 Interest Group Politics
  • POSC 3327 Gender and Sexuality in U.S. Politics
  • POSC 3231 Judicial Politics
  • POSC 4260 Seminar: Politics of Sex and Sexuality in the US

Selected Publications

“’Gay’ or ‘Homosexual’? The Implications of Social Category Labels for the Structure of Mass Attitudes.” With Brianna Smith, Matthew Motta, Timothy Callahan, and Marissa Theys. American Politics Research (2017)

“Transgender: Examining an Emerging Political Identity Using Three Political Processes” Politics, Groups, and Identities Vol. 3, No. 3 (2015): 381-397.