Rabia Chaudry is an attorney, a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at U.S. Institute of Peace, where she researches the intersection of religion, violent extremism, and CVE (countering violent extremism), and an International Security Fellow with New America. She is the Founder of the Safe Nation Collaborative, a CVE training firm which works on two fronts: providing CVE and cultural competency training to law enforcement, correctional, and homeland security officials, and providing national security and CVE training to Muslim communities and institutions.
Rabia is a 2016 Aspen Ideas Scholar, Fellow of the Truman National Security Project, a Fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, and a Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute. She is the public advocate of Adnan Syed, the wrongfully convicted man at the center of the most popular podcast in history, Serial, and is the co-producer and co-host of the podcast Undisclosed, with over 80 million downloads. She is also co-producer and co-host of the podcast The 45th.
Rabia is a frequent public speaker on CVE, criminal justice, advocacy, new media, faith, and gender. She has addressed dozens of national and international conferences, including the private sector, government (State Department and National Counter Terror Center), and nonprofit organizations. Her writing appears in many outlets, including Time, Guardian and others.
Her book, Adnan’s Story, was published in August 2016 by Saint Martin’s Press.Download Bio
Adnan's StoryThe Search for Truth and Justice After Serial
St. Martin's Press
In early 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life plus thirty years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. In this compelling narrative, Rabia Chaudry presents new key evidence that she maintains dismantles the State's case. Adnan's Story also shares Adnan’s life in prison, and weaves in his personal reflections, including never-before-seen letters. Chaudry, who is committed to exonerating Adnan, makes it clear that justice is yet to be achieved in this much examined case.
Podcasts Serial and Undisclosed Rabia is the co-producer and co-host of the podcast Undisclosed, which followed Serial with a deeper investigation into the conviction of Adnan Syed, and now has over 80 million downloads. The success of both of these podcasts reflect that we are in a new era where crowd-sourcing, social media, and new media is taking advocacy to a new level. As a community activist, Rabia has learned much from this experience, and she is committed to sharing these lessons on how to realize social change using digital media.
Criminal Justice Reform We are at a crossroads in criminal justice reform in the US. From Black Lives Matter, to increasing exonerations, America is seeing the “justice” system for what it really is. And it doesn’t like what it sees.
Countering Violent Extremism or Extremist Radicalization Since 9/11, we have been at constant war with terror. But this war has inadvertently opened a Pandora’s Box of violent extremism and terrorism that impacts not just the Muslim world, where terrorists kill more people than any other region. It also impacts us in the West, where young people are joining the ranks of extremists groups and domestic law enforcement is seeing terrifying spikes in militant organizations. What is driving extremism, and how do people get radicalized?
Interfaith Relations Almost all successful social justice, human and civil rights movements included the participation of faith groups, but we still fail to employ the persuasive power of interfaith coalitions, religious leaders, and connected congregations to influence policy on dozens of pressing matters, from gun reform to Israel-Palestine. Rabia has lived a life deeply connected to people of other faith, for friendship and advocacy, and believes that the unique nature of America allows such relationships in a way that does not exist in any other part of the world.
- Husnah Khan, Muslim Law Students Association at Wayne State University
"The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement at UW – Madison had an excellent experience with Rabia Chaudry and her participation in our annual Diversity Forum. Rabia’s keynote address was one of the most heavily populated portions of the day, and the room overflowed with enthusiastic guests who looked forward to hearing from one of the most prominent leaders fighting for change within the criminal justice system...Even with her tight time constraints, Rabia made herself available at the end of her address for any individual questions that the attendees had and for a book signing with the guests..We appreciate all of the preparation and dedication that Rabia showed leading up to the event, and we are proud to have had such a well-informed and experienced speaker address our campus. She will definitely be a tough act to follow."
―University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Informative and inspiring, Rabia Chaudry’s talk was well-received by an appreciative audience. Rabia answered many questions and signed books for all who asked."
―Central Arkansas Library System
"I heard you speak on the USIP panel for Women, Social Media, and Violent Extremism, and found your explanations about identity and messaging to be very helpful and informative. Thank you. I work in the field of explanations about identity and messaging to be very helpful and informative. Thank you. I work in the field of youth development and violence prevention and your work is informing my thinking in this area. I look forward to following your work."
— Jenny Walker, attendee of Social Media and Women Extremists
"The highlight, of course, was getting to hear Rabia speak and I wish I could have her speak on the subject of motherhood 8 years sooner."
— An attendee of MomCon
Advance Praise of Adnan's Story:
"[Adnan's Story is a] page-turner...[Chaudry's] writing is clear, eloquent, and engaging, and her case is convincing."
―Kirkus, Starred review
"Chaudry uses her unique perspective to craft a gripping and meticulously detailed account of the case including letters, court transcripts, and documentary evidence that fill in the show’s gaps and provide the latest updates."
―Kirkus, Starred review