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Projects on Iranian-Americans
In 2006, the Iranian Studies Group at MIT undertook a comprehensive survey of Iranian-American community characteristics to better understand what it means to be Iranian-American. The survey included over 40 questions and 3880 individuals filled out the questionnaire online. The initial phase of the reporting of the results focused on the basic characteristics and statistics regarding this survey. In this paper we report some of the early results from partial regression analysis on some of the interesting themes in the survey. Therefore the regression analysis that aims at finding out the correlations and determinants of different characteristics of Iranian-Americans is a suitable way to explore the rich data provided in the above-mentioned survey. In the following discussion we first report the variables used in the analysis, their statistics, and their correlation table. Afterwards, we focus on a few interesting questions regarding the characteristics of the Iranian American community.

Project Manager: Sara Sarkhili :: full document

The need to have accurate community statistics to assess the potentials of the Iranian-American community has long been realized. Pursuant to our previous publications on this issue, the Iranian Studies Group at MIT has compiled socioeconomic statistics from the recently published U.S. 2000 Census data that are of importance to the Iranian-American community. As in our previous reports, the statistics again suggest that Iranian-Americans are among the most educated and successful communities in the U.S.

Project Manager: Ali Mostashari :: full document

While recent Census data shows that Iranians are one of the most successful ethnic minorities in the U.S., both in terms of education and wealth generation, they have a disproportionately underrepresented in the American political arena. There is a gap between the desired level of participation and the capacity to motivate and organize such involvement. This study is an attempt to provide the Iranian-American community with a perspective of why such participation is important. We discuss why it is both necessary and beneficial for Iranian Americans to get involved in the political process. Having a good answer for this question is important from different aspects. On the one hand, in order to convince potential donors to spend their money, or community members to spend their time, one needs to have a set of convincing arguments that can persuade people with different values and priorities. On the other hand, having a broad view of potential benefits helps community leaders and organizers to keep motivated, as one can better appreciate the importance of the task s/he is doing.

Project Manager: ISG Executive Borad :: full document

ISG published a factsheet on the Legal and Historical Usage of the "Persian Gulf".

Project Manager: Ali Mostashari :: full document

The main purpose of this survey is to get an understanding about the major concerns of the Iranian American community. Social, political, and cultural issues will be included in the survey. Two approaches have been briefly discussed for this purpose. One approach is to conduct a phone call survey using the methods currently applied in media polls in finding enough samples and analyzing the results after that. The other way is to develop questionnaires and to send them to individuals and ask them to send us back their responses.

Project Manager: Farzan Parsinejad :: full document

This project aims at estimating the number of Iranian Americans through a novel approach. In this project, we aim at calculating a more reliable estimate of the number of Iranian-Americans, by conducting searches of Iranian family names on the database of the U.S. white pages. Comparing the frequency of a family name in the U.S. vs. that frequency in database of Iranian names with a known total population (e.g. entrance exam of universities in Iran online database), we can get an estimate of Iranian population in the U.S. Repeating this process for a large number of family names we can improve this index and come up with statistically reliable estimates.

Project Manager: Hazhir Rahmandad :: Permanent Link

Many of us have come to situations where we liked to give a presentation on Iranian culture, politics, history, or some other aspect, but lacked the time or expertise to put together a good presentation on time. The Presenting Iran project aims at creating a website where several template presentations with informative and well-designed slides would be provided. This can be open source project allowing users contribute new slides and presentations. You can see the current version of this website at the linked wiki. This project is one of the places you can contribute to ISG activities without any hassle!

Project Manager: Mahnaz Maddah and Hazhir Rahmandad :: Permanent Link

The Iranian-American Civic Participation Project is an effort to explore different ways in which the Iranian-American community can be engaged in the American political life, both by higher voter turnouts, as well as through campaign donations to those candidates who care about Iranian-American community issues.

Project Manager: Ali Mostashari :: Permanent Link