Ismail Nooraddini

Ismail Nooraddini

Ismail Nooraddini

Graduate Research Assistant

Quantitative and qualitative research methods, family and adolescent social capital, immigration, and gender.

Ismail Nooraddini, M.A. is a Sociology graduate student at George Mason University (GMU), and a Graduate Research Assistant for the Institute of Immigration Research. He received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Maryland College Park in 2009 and earned his M.A. degree in Sociology from University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2012. His primary research interests include qualitative and quantitative methods, family, immigration, and child development. Mr. Nooraddini is currently pursuing his PhD in Sociology at GMU.

His professional background includes over nine years of quantitative and qualitative research for government, private, marketing, and academic sectors. He has designed and assisted in research projects for The Department of Education, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), The State of Maryland, Social Security, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and Department of Justice (DOJ), UMBC, and several Fortune 500 companies. He has also taught college level courses on social research methodology and Sociology at local colleges.

Current Research

Mr. Nooraddini has two main areas of interest. First he is interested in qualitative and quantitative research methods. On the qualitative side, he is interested in field work, in-depth interviewing, and cognitive interview techniques. On the quantitative side, he is interested in instrument design, data management, and statistical techniques (i.e., multivariate regression, structural equation modeling, and longitudinal data analysis). When combined together, qualitative and quantitative research methods provide a robust manner to get at your set of research questions.

His other research area involves using these techniques to understand immigrant families and second-generation child development. Family units provide essential social tools which assist children with interpersonal development, including: critical thinking and social skills- which feed into socializing, friendship, employment, and romance. From his experience and the experiences of many other immigrant children and families, it is possible that the child-parent interaction within immigrant families offers a unique set of social skills which may hinder or facilitate how they navigate their social networks. He has chosen to use his research experience to define the skill sets which arise from this dynamic. He is ultimately interested in answering the question of how the pervasive element of culture, and acculturation process of immigrants, impacts parent-child dynamics - and the subsequent social tools arising out of this interaction.


Current research:

I am currently leading and assisting with multiple research projects across several faculty. On the personal front, I am looking at family processes and the effects on employment outcomes among native- and foreign-born adolescents. In addition, I am examining gender dynamics in immigrant households. As such, through the use of structural equation modeling, I am testing whether culture plays a role in the transmission of gender beliefs between immigrant mothers and their native-born children. Additionally, I am curious if gender beliefs manifest in a manner which induces conflict in immigrant households. Moving away from immigrants, albeit remaining with topic of adolescents, I am also assisting Dr. Shannon Davis and a fellow graduate student to determine the effects hormones may or may not have on gendered behaviors. 

My dissertation will consist of a mixed-method cross-national comparison of Turks in Germany and Mexicans in the United States. Both groups represent the largest immigrant groups in each country, yet are failing to integrate along expected lines of assimilation. While most research on both groups focus on policy, there is a tremendous dearth of literature on the role of the family. Using the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP) and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) I plan on using a series of statistical models (i.e., finite mixture modeling, HLM, and SEM) to estimate family structures and examine how these structures affect measures of cultural integration among subsequent generations. I will then interview Turkish and Mexican families to understand these findings.

If you are interested in working with me, feel free to contact me at the email address listed above. I have several topics Id love to share with you.

Selected Publications

Nooraddini,I. and Davis, S. (Forthcoming, 2021). Marital Expectations. In Marriage and Divorce in America: Issues, Trends, and Controversies

Nooraddini, I. Intergenerational Transmission of Gendered Attitudes Among Second-Generation Adolescents: Using a Multi-Group Structural Equation Model to Test Interaction Effects of Mother's Gender Ideology and Her Nativity on Adolescent Gender Attitudes. (Manuscript in preparation).

Nooraddini, I and Witte, J. The Role of Family as a Predictor of Immigrant Adolescent Labor Market Behaviors (Manuscript in preparation). 

Cheah, C. S. L., Tahseen, M., Balkaya, M., Nooraddini, I. & Castro., K. M. Exploring the conceptualization of risky behaviors among Muslim-American adolescents through focus groups (Manuscript in preparation).

Leshem, O., Nooraddini, I., Witte, J. (2019). Surveying Societies Mired in Conflict: Evidence of Social Desirability Bias in Palestine. International Journal of Public Opinion.

Sugovic, M., I. Nooraddini, B. Sherehiy (2016). “Evaluation of Safety Label Design: Comparison between Cognitive Interviewing versus Focus Group Methods.” Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting; 60:1632-1636. Doi: 10.1177/1541931213601376

Manion, T., A. Akinyemi, I. Nooraddini, E. Haile (2012).A Comparison of Suicide Characteristics and Precipitating Circumstances by Age Group Among Maryland Resident: Data from the Maryland Violent Death Reporting System, 2003-2009.” Suicidology Online; 3:131-137. Available online:

Expanded Publication List

Furuya, Y., Nooraddini, I., Wang, W., Waslin, M. (2019). A Profile of Immigrant Teachers in The United States. Institute for Immigration. Available online at

Nooraddini, I. (2018). A Profile of Immigrants from Travel Ban-Affected Countries in the United States. Institute for Immigration Research. Available online at

Restrepo, J., Ulasevich, A., Rhone, M., Mbangdadji, D., Nooraddini, I., Van Over, M., and Eulner Ott, M. (2017). Review of Summer Work Travel Program: Program effects and economic impact. Alliance for International Exchange. Available at

Nooraddini, I., Ton, A., & Sherehiy B. (2017). Millennial Work Engagement: An Unmet Desire. EurekaFacts White Paper. Available online:

Nooraddini, I., & Sherehiy, B. (2016). “Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE) 2016 Communications Survey.” Maryland Health Connection. Available at

Nooraddini, I., & Sherehiy, B. (2016). “Table Saw Blade Guard Survey: Modular guard System Usage and Preferences.” Consumer Product Safety Commission. Available at

Grants and Fellowships

Russel Sage Grant for Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods (2019)

Dennis-Weathers Sociology Award (2019)

Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) Travel Funds for Association of Psychological Science (APS) Conference (2019)

Graduate Student Travel Fund (GSTF) to Attend Southern Sociological Society (SSS) Conference (2019)

Graduate Research Assistantship Fellowship (2017 - present)

Courses Taught

Methods of Social Research (Fall 2014, Fall 2015)
Hood College, Department of Sociology and Social Work

Introduction to Sociology (Spring 2015)
Montgomery College, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice


Primary Advisor: James Witte


PhD Sociology- George Mason University (In progress)

M.A. Sociology- University of Maryland Baltimore County (2012)

B.A. Sociology- University of Maryland College Park (2010)

Recent Presentations

Nooraddini, I., Witte, J., Wagner, G. (2019). Integration of Immigrants in Germany and the United States: A Comparative Analysis of Turks in Germany and Mexicans in the United States. Poster Presentation at the 31st Association of Psychological Science. Washington, DC.

Furuya, Y., Nooraddini, I., Wang, W. (2019). A Profile of Immigrant Teachers in The United States. Paper presentation at the 82 annual meeting at the Southern Sociological Society. Atlanta, GA.

Cheah C. Tahseen, M., Balkaya, M., Nooraddini, I. (2018). Exploring the Conceptualization of Risk Behaviors Among Muslim-American Adolescents Through Focus Groups. Poster presentation at the 25th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the study of Behavioral Development. Queensland, Australia.

Nooraddini, I. (2017). Immigrants and Community College in the United States. Poster presentation at the annual conference for GGS GIS Day 2017, Fairfax, VA.

Sugovic, M., Nooraddini, I., Teal, C., & Sherehiy, B. (2017). Concurrent versus Retrospective Think-Aloud Method in 4th Grade Children. Presentation at the annual conference for American Association for Public Opinion Research, New Orleans, LA.

Sugovic, M., Nooraddini, I. & Sherehiy, B. (2016). Evaluation of Safety Label Design: Comparison between Cognitive Interviewing versus Focus Group Methods. Paper presented at the annual conference for Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Washington, DC.



Davis, S., Nooraddini, I., & Evans, J. (2020). Nature, Nurture, and Adult Gendered Selves: An Examination of Twin and Non-Twin Siblings. Paper presentation at the 90th annual meeting at the Southerns Sociological Society. Pennsylvania, PA.

Nooraddini, I. (2020). Intergenerational Transmission of Gendered Attitudes Among Second-Generation Adolescents: Using a Multi-group Structural Equation Model to Test Interaction Effects of Mother's Gender Ideology and Her Nativity on Adolescent Gender Attitudes. Paper presentation at the 90th annual meeting at the Eastern Sociological Society. Pennsylvania, PA.

Bautisa, Rene, Ventura, I, Smith, T. W., Nooraddini, I., and Witte, J. (2020). The “Problem” with asking about the Immigration Problem. Paper presentation at the  at the 90th annual meeting at the Population Association of America (PAA). Washington, DC.

Bautisa, Rene, Ventura, I, Smith, T. W., Nooraddini, I., and Witte, J. (2020). The “Problem” with asking about the Immigration Problem. Paper presentation at the at the 75th annual meeting at the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR). Atlanta, GA.

In the Media


"We Can Stop Passing Down Hate, Bigotry". USA Today. August 31, 2018.

"On More Essential for Child Care in Maryland". Baltimore Sun, MD. August 23, 2018.

"His PhD research hit close to home". George Mason University. August 3, 2018.

"Just the Facts on Cultural Exchange". Huffington Post. September 14, 2017.

"Despite Proven Technology, Attempts To Make Table Saws Safer Drag On". NPR. August 10, 2017.