PhD, AM, BS
Areas of Expertise: Refugee and immigrant communities; health and mental health equity of Black, Muslim, and refugee populations; intersectionality and migration; parenting and child development; qualitative community-based participatory research methodologies; global social work
Dr. Ifrah Magan currently serves as an Assistant Professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work. A qualitative researcher and social worker practitioner, Dr. Magan takes a critical intersectional approach to research exploring how institutional and structural racism and oppression impact the lived experiences of Black, Muslim, and forcibly displaced populations. She draws upon her own lived experiences as a refugee from Somalia coupled with extensive community organizing and practice work with diverse refugee communities in the United States. Dr. Magan was recently awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Equity Scholars for Action (HES4A) grant for her project, “Examining the critical role refugee-led organizations play in shaping health and health equity outcomes.”
Dr. Magan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Community Services from Michigan State University, where she was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. She then went on to receive a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration where she received the Kathryn Davis Peace Award and served as a Child Advocate for unaccompanied undocumented children through the Young Center at the University of Chicago School of Law. She received her doctorate from University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work, where she received the Abraham Lincoln Fellowship and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award.
Dr. Magan is fluent in English, Somali, and Arabic.
“I Talk to Myself”: Exploring the Mental and Emotional Health Experiences of Muslim Rohingya Refugee Adolescents
Magan, I. M., Sanchez, E. & Munson, M. R., 2022, In : Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal..
"Home Is Where Your Root Is": Place Making, Belonging, and Community Building among Somalis in Chicago
Magan, I. M. & Padgett, D. K., May 13 2021, In : Social Work. 66, 2, p. 101-110 10 p.
On Being Black, Muslim, and a Refugee: Stories of Somalis in Chicago
Magan, I. M., Apr 2 2020, In : Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies. 18, 2, p. 172-188 17 p.
"Don't wait for it to rain to buy an umbrella:" The transmission of values from African American fathers to sons
Doyle, O., Magan, I., Cryer-Coupet, Q. R., Goldston, D. B. & Estroff, S. E., Oct 1 2016, In : Psychology of Men and Masculinity. 17, 4, p. 309-319 11 p.
Unheard voices: African american fathers speak about their parenting practices
Doyle, O., Clark, T. T., Cryer-Coupet, Q., Nebbitt, V. E., Goldston, D. B., Estroff, S. E. & Magan, I., Jul 1 2015, In : Psychology of Men and Masculinity. 16, 3, p. 274-283 10 p.