B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University
Pendleton Hall East Rm. 248
Ralph Emerson and Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of Political Science
Comparative political theorist, specializes in interactions between Islamic and Euro-American political thought.
My scholarship is in the emerging field of comparative political theory with a specific focus on the relationship between Islamic and Euro-American political thought. I am the author of Enemy in the Mirror: Islamic Fundamentalism and the Limits of Modern Rationalism; Journeys to the Other Shore: Muslim and Western Travelers in Search of Knowledge; and writer/editor (with Muhammad Qasim Zaman) of Princeton Readings in Islamist Thought: Texts and Contexts from Al-Banna to Bin Laden. My scholarship has appeared in a range of books, anthologies, newspapers, and academic journals and I lecture extensively on topics such as jihad and politics, Islamism and gender, Muslim and European cosmopolitanism, and travel and translation in European and Muslim traditions. My research has been supported by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
I teach political theory, one of the four subfields that comprise the political science curriculum at Wellesley College. My teaching interests include Euro-American political theory past and present, feminist theory, Muslim political thought past and present, and the study of Islam. I teach a range of thematically organized courses such as Ethics and Politics, Power and Politics, Feminist Theory, European and Muslim Theories of Modern Politics and Encountering Islamist Political Thought. In addition, I teach courses in the history of Euro-American political thought including Ancient Political Theory and Modern European Political Thought. I was awarded Wellesley College's Pinanski Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2003. Prior to joining the Wellesley faculty I was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of South Carolina.
I am an active member of the American Political Science Association (APSA), the main professional organization for North American political scientists. I am currently a member of the APSA Governing Council, and also a member of the APSA Committee on Professional Ethics, Rights, and Freedoms. I currently serve on the editorial board of The American Political Science Review, the flagship journal of the APSA, and am a member of the Executive Editorial Committee of Political Theory: An International Journal of Political Philosophy, and am on the editorial board of Polity.