Scholars and Program Advisors

Roger Allen
Sascha Jane Patterson Harvie Professor of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics and
Professor of Arabic & Comparative Literature
University of Pennsylvania

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law and
Director, Center for International and Comparative Law
Emory University School of Law

Ali Asani
Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures
Harvard University

Frannie Ashburn
Director (retired)
North Carolina Center for the Book

Thomas Asher
Program director
Social Science Research Council

Cemil Aydin
Associate Professor
Department of History
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sheila Blair
Norma Jean Calderwood Chair of Islamic and Asian Art (jointly held),
Boston College
Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair of Islamic Art (jointly held),
Virginia Commonwealth University

Lainie Castle
Public Programs Office
American Library Association

Edward E. Curtis, IV
Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts and Professor of Religious Studies
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Susan L. Douglass
Senior Research Associate
Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies
George Mason University

Timothy Grimes
Manager, Community Relations and Marketing Department
Ann Arbor (Michigan) District Library

Andrew Halladay
Harvard University

Dale Jones
Making History Connections

Linda Komaroff
Curator of Islamic Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Amy Landau
Associate Curator of Islamic Art and Manuscripts
The Walters Art Museum

Nabil Matar
Professor in the English and History Departments
And member of the Religious Studies Program’s steering committee
University of Minnesota

Azar Nafisi
Author, Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
Professor and Director of Cultural Conversations
Foreign Policy Institute
Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies

Azim Nanji
Senior Associate Director
Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies
Stanford University

Frances W. Pritchett
Professor of Modern Indic Languages
Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures
Columbia University

Nasser Rabbat
Aga Khan Professor of the History of Islamic Architecture
Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Deborah Robertson
Director, Public Programs Office
American Library Association

John O. Voll
Professor of Islamic history and Associate Director,
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding
Georgetown University

Deborah Watrous
Executive Director
New Hampshire Humanities Council