Saiful Islam, Ph.D.

Address: 130 Nelson Hall (NH 130)
Phone: (507)-389-5613


  • Ph.D. in Inter-organizational Communication and Networks from Southern Illinois University

  • M.A. in International Development from Southern Illinois University

  • M.S.S. in Social Sciences from the University of Dhaka
  • B.A. in Economics, Sociology, and Philosophy from the University of Dhaka

Areas of Interest

  • Public Policy
  • Social Organizations, Groups, and Networks
  • Social Movements
  • Health and Medicine
  • Quantitative Methods

Courses Taught

  • Social Statistics
  • Program Administration
  • Program Planning
  • Public Policy
  • Medical Sociology
  • Internship

Academic Biography

Dr. Saiful Islam conducts macro and meso-level research in communication from the organizational field and network perspectives. His interest areas include but are not limited to professional associations, interest groups, and networks, public policy (i.e., state and federal policy reforms), health and healthcare industry, inter-organizational and inter-professional collaborations, organizational change management, etc. He has worked as a principal investigator (PI) and co-investigator (co-PI) in USAID-ALO and NSF (National Science Foundation) grants on “Removing Barriers of Domestic Violence from Women’s Full Participation in Civic Society and Democracy in Bangladesh” and “Effects of Global Economic Restructuring on Urban Women’s Work and Income-Generating Strategies in Dhaka, Bangladesh”. Dr. Islam has been particularly interested in working with historical data and content analyses and statistical analyses of databases, e.g., Congressional hearings and lobbying for policy reforms on Obamacare and repeal actions, institutional analyses with ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research), GSS (General Social Survey), and Census data, social determinants of health (SDH) through NHIS (National Health Interview Survey) by CDC (Center for Disease Control), Medicare and Medicaid enrollment issues and challenges from CMS (Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services), and finally, global and transnational level databases, e.g., OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), WHO (World Health Organization), and WB (World Bank), etc.

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