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Faculty-MapThe Institute has 38 faculty affiliates in 11 departments in the College of Arts and Sciences.  This makes SMSC one of the largest institutes involved in the study of Islam in the United States. The geographic range and diversity of disciplines found in the faculty associates in SMSC is unparalleled elsewhere with very few U.S. institutions covering so wide a range.  SMSC faculty associates are also top practitioners of their fields, earning numerous awards and levels of distinction as well as making major contributions inside and outside the university.

SMSC acts primarily as a facilitating body, seeking to assist departments in the hiring of quality faculty and the development of relevant curricula. It also acts as a coordinating body to join together mutually beneficial projects.


Kecia Ali
Associate Professor of Religion, College of Arts and Sciences

Betty S. Anderson
Associate Professor of History, College of Arts and Sciences

Thomas J. Barfield
Professor of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences; President, American Institute of Afghanistan Studies

Fredrik Barth
Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences

Cynthia Becker
Assistant Professor of Art History, College of Arts and Sciences

Kheiredinne Bekkai
Senior Lecturer in Arabic, Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, College of Arts and Sciences

Houchang E. Chehabi
Professor of International Relations and History, Pardee School of Global Studies

Andre de Quadros
Professor of Music, College of Fine Arts

Olga M. Davidson
Visiting Researcher, Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations

Charles F. Dunbar
Lecturer of International Relations, Pardee School of Global Studies

Emine Fetvaci
Assistant Professor of Art History, College of Arts and Sciences

Irene L. Gendzier
Professor of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences

Thomas F. Glick
Director, Institute for Medieval History; Professor of History and Geography, College of Arts and Sciences

Erik Goldstein
Chair and Professor of International Relations, Pardee School of Global Studies

Shahla Haeri
Founder, Women’s Studies Program; Assistant Professor of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences

Husain Haqqani
Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States; Associate Professor of International Relations, Pardee School of Global Studies

Robert Hefner
Professor of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences

Nazli Kibria
Associate Professor of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences

Frank Korom
Professor of Religion and Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences

Lance Laird
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, School of Medicine

Charles Lindholm
Professor of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences

Margaret Litvin
Assistant Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature, Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, College of Arts and Sciences

Diana Lobel
Assistant Professor of Religion, College of Arts and Sciences

Noora Lori
Assistant Professor of International Relations, Pardee School of Global Studies

Christina Luke
Senior Research Associate of Archaeology, College of Arts and Sciences

Herbert W. Mason
Professor Emeritus of Religion and History, College of Arts and Sciences

Jeremy Menchik
Assistant Professor of International Relations, Pardee School of Global Studies

Roberta Micallef
Senior Lecturer of Turkish, Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, College of Arts and Sciences

M. Rafique Mughal
Professor of Archaeology and Heritage Management, College of Arts and Sciences

Fallou Ngom
Associate Professor of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences

Augustus Richard Norton
Professor of International Relations and Anthropology, Pardee School of Global Studies

Teena Purohit
Assistant Professor of Religion, College of Arts and Sciences

Wilfrid Rollman
Lecturer in International Relations, Pardee School of Global Studies; Fellow, Center for International Relations

C.H. Roosevelt
Associate Professor of Archaeology, Central Lydia Archaeological Survey

Sunil Sharma
Associate Professor of Persian and Comparative Literature, Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, College of Arts and Sciences

Nancy Smith-Hefner
Associate Professor of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences

Sassan Tabatabai
Lecturer, Core Curriculum, College of Arts and Sciences

Jenny B. White
Associate Professor of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences

Diana Wylie
Professor of History, College of Arts and Sciences