Dr. Naderi received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Kansas in 2016. He is currently the study coordinator for PAIR, a R01 grant project through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). His areas of study include gender, race, and resilience. His dissertation focused on how minority youth manage stigmatized identities. Dr. Naderi has received many teaching and research awards, including the Carroll D. Clark Award for Teaching Excellence, the Hall Center Graduate Fellowship from the University of Kansas, and a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education.