Global Islamic Studies Program Faculty

Picture above, the Global Islamic Studies Program Faculty Group: from the left, in the back row, Waed Athamneh, Muhammad Masud, Eileen Kane, Sharon Portnoff, Joseph Alchermes; in the front row, Karolin Machtans, Sufia Uddin, Denis Ferhatovic, Frederick Paxton. Missing from photo: Afshan Jafar, Caroleen Marji Sayej

Sufia Uddin, Associate Professor of Religious Studies Sufia Uddin, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Sufia Uddin, Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Islamic studies • Religion in South Asia • Women and religion

Associated Faculty

Joseph Alchermes, Associate Professor of Art History, Director of the Architectural Studies Program

Joseph Alchermes, Associate Professor of Art History, Director of the Architectural Studies Program
Late Roman art • Early Christian art • Byzantine art • Medieval architecture

Sheetal Chhabria, Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Assistant Professor of History

Sheetal Chhabria, Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Assistant Professor of History
South Asian history • Inequality • Urbanization, urban studies • Global History, globalization

Denis Ferhatovic, William Meredith Assistant Professor of English

Denis Ferhatovic, William Meredith Assistant Professor of English
Medieval literature, esp. Old and Middle English poetry • Word and image • Postcolonial theory • Translation

Seema Golestaneh, C3 Postdoctoral Fellow, Anthropology

Seema Golestaneh, C3 Postdoctoral Fellow, Anthropology
Iran • Anthropology of religion • Alternative Islamic discourse • Politics of cultural heritage in Iran • Anthropological and aesthetic theory • Intersections of literary criticism and cultural theory.

Afshan Jafar, Associate Professor of Sociology, Acting Chair of Sociology, Spring 2015

Afshan Jafar, Associate Professor of Sociology, Acting Chair of Sociology, Spring 2015
Gender • The body and embodiment • Media • Globalization • Nationalist and fundamentalist movements • Muslim immigrants in the U.S. • Transnational women's movements

Eileen M. Kane, Assistant Professor of History

Eileen M. Kane, Assistant Professor of History
Russian/Soviet/post-Soviet history • Modern Europe • Empires

Karolin Machtans, Assistant Professor of German Studies

Karolin Machtans, Assistant Professor of German Studies  (On sabbatical Spring 2015)
20th and 21st century German literature and film, with a special focus on post-1945 German history and culture, minorities and transnationalism • Representations of the Holocaust • Gender studies • Memory studies • Translation studies • Interdisciplinary approaches to environmentalism and urban space

Frederick S. Paxton, Brigida Pacchiani Ardenghi Professor of History

Frederick S. Paxton, Brigida Pacchiani Ardenghi Professor of History
Medieval Europe • Death, Dying, Sickness and Healing • The Middle Ages in Big Historical Perspective • Big History

Sharon J. Portnoff, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Sharon J. Portnoff, Associate Professor of Religious Studies  (On sabbatical 2014-2015 academic year)
Modern Jewish thought • Holocaust theology • Dante • Primo Levi • Israel

Caroleen Sayej, Assistant Professor of Government and International Relations

Caroleen Sayej, Assistant Professor of Government and International Relations
Persistent authoritarianism in the Middle East • Contemporary Islamic social movements • Modernization and identity politics • Middle Eastern studies • Comparative politics • International relations

Retired Faculty

Sufia Uddin, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Sufia Uddin, Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Islamic studies • Religion in South Asia • Women and religion

For more information, contact:

Sufia Uddin, Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Chair of Global Islamic Studies Program