Altaf Husain, an Assistant Professor in the Howard University School of Social Work, in Washington D.C., is a research fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and a member of the board of trustees of the Islamic Society of North America. He received his Ph.D. in Social Work from Howard University and his Master of Science in Social Administration from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Husain has written and researched on the topic of Islam and Muslims, most recently completing a quantitative study of Somali youth in the United States. He has been invited by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties to provide insights on Islam in general and specifically on the Somali Diaspora, in light of the disappearance of a few dozen Somali American youth from the United States in 2008-2009.
Dr. Husain served as a two-term national president of the Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada (MSA National). Dr. Husain presently serves as a board member and chair of the Leadership Development Committee of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He was a founding board member of the Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA).