I received my PhD in International Relations with a specialization in Islamic Studies from American University in Washington, D.C., in 2005. I also completed an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Islam and peace and conflict resolution from American University in Washington, D.C., in 2000, and an MFA in Sculpture and Drawing from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1996.
I specialize in Islamic Studies with a focus on contemporary Muslim thought and identity. I am particularly interested in modern Muslim engagement with classical debates in Islamic intellectual history as well as with recent developments in western thought and culture. My research interests include debates about the status of women in the Muslim world, transnational networking among Muslim activists, the construction of contemporary North American Muslim identities, and Islamic mysticism’s impact on Muslim social values.
I also have written and presented a number of articles and papers on the politics of Islamic hermeneutics, Islamic conceptions of peace and conflict resolution, and the role of cultural and religious factors in peacemaking. Additionally, in 2014, I became a series editor for Theology and Philosophy Series at Pickering & Chatto Publishers.
I teach the capstone research seminar for religion and culture undergraduate majors. I serve as a graduate supervisor for MA and PhD students who are researching issues of contemporary Islamic thought and identity. I also have offered research assistantships for undergraduate and graduate students interested in contemporary Islam, Muslim women and Sufism.