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.

Twitter and other social media are regular components of my courses. Check out the UVM Faculty Feature on my teaching, below & here.

current & recent courses

introductory courses
Introducing Islam (#rel30uvm)
TAP (Teaching-Advising Program): Introducing Islam
Introducing Hindu Traditions
Introduction to Religion: Comparative

intermediate courses
Islam and Modernity (see class research blog here)
Interpretation of Religion (#rel100uvm)
Studies in Hindu Traditions (see class research blog here)
Islam and Race (#IslamRaceUVM)

advanced courses
Religion and Empire (#relempuvm)

courses taught previously

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