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Asad Dandia

Outreach and Partnerships Manager, (ISPU)

Asad Dandia is a Brooklyn-born community organizer, local historian, and public educator. He currently works as the Outreach and Partnerships Manager at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) and part-time as a Sunday School teacher at the Islamic Learning Center of New York City (ILC-NYC). Prior to ISPU, he was the Community Program Coordinator at the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY).

Asad was a key plaintiff in Raza v. City of New York, an ACLU-led lawsuit that successfully challenged NYPD surveillance of NYC's Muslim communities, resulting in historic policy reforms in the city. His oral history was profiled in the Center for Brooklyn History's "Muslims in Brooklyn" project, and he also leads private tours at the Museum of the City of New York, where his activism was featured in a recent exhibit entitled, "City of Faith" that ran from 2022—2023.

On the side, he is the founder of New York Narratives, a walking tour company and storytelling agency with a special focus on the city's immigrant and minority communities. It is the first Muslim-owned walking tour company in NYC history.

Asad’s writing has been featured in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Al-Jazeera English, among others. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from NYU with a focus on community organizing and a master’s degree in Islamic Studies from Columbia University.


1. Islamic Studies approaches, theories, and methods

2. The urban American Muslim experience

3. Muslim activism, storytelling, and community organizing

Asad Dandia
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