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Elizabeth Shakman HurdPolitical Science: International relations; religion and politics; politics of secularism; law and religion; U.S. foreign relations; politics of the Middle East; methods in the study of religion and politics; contemporary religion; the politics of religious freedom. Co-organizer of the Luce Politics of Religion at Home and Abroad initiative. 

Brannon Ingram, Religious Studies: is a specialist in Islamic studies, with a particular interest in how Muslims have debated Sufism, Islamic law, and politics in the modern era. His first book, Revival from Below: The Deoband Movement and Global Islam, was published by the University of California Press in 2018.

Graduate Assistant

Emma Davis, Political Science


Loubna El AminePolitical Science: comparative political theory, Chinese political thought, Confucianism, multiculturalism

Erin Delaney, LawPolitical Science:  Comparative constitutional law, constitutional law, federalism, immigration law

KB Dennis Meade, Religious Studies:  Africana Religions; modern African diaspora; religious cultures and politics in the Caribbean; ethnographic methods; digital humanities

Sean HanrettaHistory: Modern African intellectual and cultural history; historical theory and methodology; theories of historical evidence and in non-documentary forms of historical sources

Katherine HoffmanAnthropology: Language and expressive culture; ethnicity; indigenism; language ideologies; language shift and endangerment; gender, migration, rural-urban relations, French colonialism, Imazighen (Berbers), Morocco and North Africa, France

Anne JohGarrett: Transpacific decolonial studies, critical race, gender sexuality studies, war and militarism, political theory and affect studies, global capital, environmentalism and the global south

Andrew KoppelmanLaw: Conflicts of law; constitutional law; first amendment; law and religion

Christina LafontPhilosophydemocracy and citizen participation; global governance; human rights; religion and politics; contemporary moral and political philosophy

Robert LaunayAnthropology: The history and 'prehistory' of anthropological theory and its contemporary developments; the anthropology of scriptural religions with particular focus on Islam; the historical ethnography of West Africa

Henri LauziereHistory: Modern Middle East and North Africa; Islamic intellectual history; Salafism

Michael LoriauxPolitical Science: Critical Theory; International Theory; European Unification, Post-Nationhood

Mark McClishReligious Studies: Classical Hinduism, with a focus on early legal and political literature; religious, legal, and political themes in classical Sanskrit literature

J. Michelle Molina, Religious Studies: Trans-regional Religious History, Jesuits, Gender and Subjectivity, Early Modern Europe and Colonial Latin America

Paul Ramirez, History: Religious History; History of Science, Technology, and Medicine; Mexico; Latin American and Caribbean History; Global History

Zekeria Ahmed SalemPolitical Science: Islam and Muslim politics in Africa, Islamic thought; Islam, race and ethnicity; social movements; bureaucratization; equality and citizenship; the state in Africa

Scott SowerbyHistory: Early modern Britain and Europe; comparative history and transnational issues, including religious toleration, state formation, and cosmopolitanism  

Lauren K StokesHistory: German history; international migration; race and religion in Europe; sexuality and gender identity; history of capitalism

Anoush Tamar Suni, Middle East and North African Studies: state and intercommunal violence; memory, materiality and landscape; cultural heritage, space and place; political and historical anthropology in Turkey, Armenia, Kurdistan

Sarah McFarland TaylorReligious Studies and Environmental Policy and Culture: media, religion, and environment; religion and popular culture; sustainable media; climate change and public moral engagement, American consumerism; ecojustice; and the environmental humanities.

Jessica WinegarAnthropology: Sociocultural Anthropology; cultural politics and culture industries; material and visual culture; the culture concept; class, gender, intellectuals; Islam, Middle East and North Africa

Zachary Wright, Liberal Arts Program, NU in Qatar: Islam in Africa; Islamic Intellectual History; African history; Middle East history

Emrah YildizAnthropology: historiography and ethnography of borders and their states; ritual practice, visitation and pilgrimage in Islam; smuggling and contraband commerce in global political economy