I am a scholar of Islam with research specializations in Asian religions, South Asian literatures and cultures, and performance studies. My current book project is a study of contemporary Indian Muslim identity using examples from performance, from which I identify debates about national history, politics, and social belonging. In my work I utilize theories of translation and performance to discuss matters of representation and processes of religious change. I regularly teach courses on theory and method in religious studies, Asian religions, the religious life of India, and global Islamic religious traditions.


Teaching Interests:

Islamic traditions and global Muslim communities, Islam in America, gender and sexuality in religious traditions, the Qur'an, performance and religious studies, Sufism, Shi'ism, Hinduism.



Contemporary Muslim literatures, teaching Islam through film, ritual and performance in South Asian religious traditions, teaching Islam in the K-12 classroom.



ALB, Harvard University

MA, Boston University

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison


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