Postdoctoral Research Associate
As ADVANCE Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Umer Hussain helpds design and lead research projects related to faculty recruitment, retention and climate, and assists with the implementation of ADVANCE programs. Hussain recently completed his Ph.D. in Health and Kinesiology from Texas A&M University, with extensive training in quantitative and qualitative methodology. Hussain’s research interests largely center’s on exploring the intersection among race, religion, and gender in health and sporting contexts. Specifically, his area of interest elucidates issues and challenges faced by the various Muslim communities (e.g., Muslim women, Muslim LGBT community, and Muslim refugees) within and beyond the Muslim world in the health and kinesiology settings. Across a variety of physical activities contexts, Hussain has examined the micro (personal), meso (organizational), and macro (sociological) elements that can be a barrier to marginalized communities’ physical activities participation. These projects have provided Hussain a thorough understanding of racial, gender, and ethnicity issues faced by various marginalized communities and minority groups within organizations. Furthermore, via research, Hussain’s goal is not only to highlight the key challenges but to provide solutions to enhance marginalized communities’ participation in social activities. He has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the International Review of Sociology of Sport and Games and Culture. Hussain also has multiple years of experience working with international and national developmental organizations in Pakistan, including The American Refugee Committee (now Alight), the National University of Science in technology, and Pakistan Sweet Homes (an orphanage). Through these experiences, he has worked to advance social justice for vulnerable and marginalized communities.