Abdulrahman Bindamnan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Religion from the University of Miami. After graduating, Mr. Bindamnan achieved a Master of Science in Education on International Educational Development from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Comparative and International Development Education at the University of Minnesota. He serves as a Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change. He works at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing.
His program of research has been published in academic journals, such as the International Journal of Educational Development and International Studies in Sociology of Education, popular periodicals, such as MinnPost, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Minnesota Reformer, The Star Tribune, and think tanks, such as Heterodox Academy and American Institute for Yemeni Studies.
His interdisciplinary research draws upon psychology, religion, and education to explore questions of literacy, learning, and bilingualism. His geographical region of interest is Yemen, which he believes is among the least studied countries in the Middle East. In 2021, Mr. Bindamnan identified a new population in higher education and coined the term “zero-generation students,” whom he defines as adult refugees who builds foundational literacy from “zero.”