Abdul Samad is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at FIU. He holds a Bachelor's degree (Business Administration) and a Masters of Public Administration from Western Kentucky University. Abdul’s research interests include Islamophobia, hate crimes against marginalized groups, social equity, citizen participation, and how disinformation impacts policymaking and communities. Abdul is currently studying the rise of Islamophobia and policy issues related to Islam and Muslims in the United States. He is the recipient of ASPA Founders’ fellow class of 2015, and ASPA International Young Scholar class of 2018. Abdul is the recipient of 2018 Muslim Public Service Network (MPSN) fellowship and was also selected to participate in the 2018 MPAC Policy and Government Summit in Washington D.C, where he had the opportunity to meet with policymakers and strategists to discuss current policy issues. Abdul serves as the President of International City/County Management Association at FIU. He also Serves as the President of Public Affairs Student Association at FIU. He is fascinated by language. Being fluent in English, Urdu, Punjabi, and Hindi, can speak basic Arabic, and an enthusiastic beginner in Chinese and Farsi.