Jordanian Stereotypes of Americans: A Study at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan

  • Irene Gibson Macalester College
  • Mohammed Banihani Yarmouk University
  • Peter Joseph Gibson Health and Hospital Corporation


This study investigates Jordanian student perceptions of Americans through a survey of Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan. Specifically, this study identifies pervading stereotypes held about Americans, and where these stereotypes were learned. Data was collected June through August of 2014 from Yarmouk University students through a distribution of surveys. Students reported learning the most about Americans through films (22%). For a majority of students, the response for a trait related to Americans had a significant association with the response for the same trait related to Jordanians. Traits commonly and significantly associated with Americans were lack of family values, women being promiscuous, wanting to invade other countries, and disliking Muslims. The trait commonly and significantly associated with Jordanians was being generous.   

Author Biographies

Irene Gibson, Macalester College
This research was carried out from June through August of 2014 as I resided in Irbid, Jordan under a Macalester College grant to conduct this study. At the time of research, I was a rising senior at Macalester College majoring in International Studies, Arabic, and Political Science. This research experience was my second time living in Irbid, Jordan.  
Mohammed Banihani, Yarmouk University
Dr. Banihani, my first co-author, contributed his expertise as Head of the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations and an assistant professor of education at Yarmouk University.
Peter Joseph Gibson, Health and Hospital Corporation
Dr. Peter Joseph Gibson, my second co-author, contributed his expertise in data analysis as Director of Epidemiology at Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County.


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How to Cite
GIBSON, Irene; BANIHANI, Mohammed; GIBSON, Peter Joseph. Jordanian Stereotypes of Americans: A Study at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 2, p. 38-49, may 2017. ISSN 2166-2681. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 24 aug. 2019.


American stereotypes, Arab stereotypes, Jordan, Middle East perceptions, Arab youth