teaching philosophy

My research and teaching center on Islam, South Asia, religious identity, and definitions of “religion.”  I expect that students develop critical reading and writing skills in each of my courses, and tailor all assignments to this purpose alongside the acquisition of specific knowledge about the subject matter at hand.  Religion is omnipresent in today’s global landscape, and it is my contention that in order to educate global citizens, a serious exploration of religion–including and perhaps especially Islam–is of the utmost importance.

current & recent courses

introductory courses
REL095A: Islam
REL095B: TAP: Islam
REL20: Introduction to Religion: Comparative (South Asian Religions)

intermediate courses
REL195: Islam and Modernity (New Course for Fall 2015)
REL100: Interpretation of Religion
REL130: Islam
REL 131: Hindu Traditions
AS195: Intern in Humanities

  • New Course, co-led by Profs. McGowan and DiDio. I’ll offer it in AY 2016-2017.
  • Description: “While student interns often go out “there” to gain job experience, it is rare to come back “here” and put those experiences in an intellectual context; students will be able to compare their working environment, institutional structure, tasks, skills, and distinctive challenges to those of their classmates, all while reading and talking about these issues in their broadest sense. In this way, students will gain both a hands-on experience and a birds-eye view of their disciplines and sectors.”

advanced courses
REL198: Readings & Research (topic: Islam, postcolonialism, & terrorism)
Religion and Empire (to be offered AY 2016-17)

courses taught previously

Islam & Islamic Art in South Asia
Modern Muslim Literatures
Love & Devotion in South Asian Literature
Place, Space & Religion