John L. Esposito

Project Director

University Professor as well as Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, John L. Esposito is Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Esposito has served as consultant to the U.S. Department of State and other agencies, European and Asian governments and corporations, universities, and the media worldwide. He is a former President of the American Academy of Religion, the Middle East Studies Association of North America and of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, Vice Chair of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, and member of the World Economic Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders, and member of the E. C. European Network of Experts on De-Radicalisation and Board of Directors of the C-1 World Dialogue.

Esposito is recipient of the American Academy of Religion’s Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion and of Pakistan’s Quaid-i-Azzam Award for Outstanding Contributions in Islamic Studies and the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University Award for Outstanding Teaching. Editor-in-Chief of Oxford Islamic Studies Online and Series Editor of The Oxford Library of Islamic Studies, Esposito has served as Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (6 vols.); The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World (4 vols.), The Oxford History of Islam, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, and The Islamic World: Past and Present (3 vols.). Esposito’s books and articles have been translated into 35 languages.

His more than 45 books and monographs include: The Future of Islam, Islamophobia and the Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century, What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam, Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think (with Dalia Mogahed), Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam, The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?, Islam and Politics, World Religions Today and Religion and Globalization (with D. Fasching & T. Lewis), Asian Islam in the 21st Century, Geography of Religion: Where God Lives, Where Pilgrims Walk (with S. Hitchcock); Islam: The Straight Path; Islam and Democracy; and Makers of Contemporary Islam (with J. Voll); Modernizing Islam (with F. Burgat) Political Islam: Revolution, Radicalism or Reform?, Religion and Global Order (with M. Watson), Islam and Secularism in the Middle East (with A. Tamimi); Iran at the Crossroads (with R.K. Ramazani); Islam, Gender, and Social Change and Muslims on the Americanization Path and Daughters of Abraham (with Y. Haddad); and Women in Muslim Family Law.

Esposito’s interviews and articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and the media in the US, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Dr. Jeanette P. Esposito.


Engy Abdelkader, JD, LL.M.

Senior Fellow (Faculty) & Adjunct Professor

Engy Abdelkader is a faculty member at Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service where she researches and writes about Islamophobia as a Senior Fellow. She also teaches courses on international terrorism and human rights as well as civil liberties and national security.

An award-winning attorney and scholar, she has worked with Muslims, Arabs and South Asians since 9/11 to address Islamophobia. Her research interests lay at the intersection of religion, law and society.

The author of When Islamophobia Turns Violent: The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections (Georgetown), Abdelkader’s legal scholarship has been published in the Fordham International Law Journal, Asian American Law Journal at Berkeley Law and the UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law, among others. Her popular writing has appeared in TIME, CNN, Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, and other news outlets.

Abdelkader holds two U.S. law degrees including credentials from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as a Constitutional Law teaching fellow and graduated with academic distinction.


Nazir Harb Michel, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Senior Research Fellow

Nazir Harb Michel holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University and a Master’s in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. He completed a Ph.D. in Georgetown University’s Department of Arabic & Islamic Studies. Nazir initiated, organized and led the ‘Islamic Literacy at the Woodrow Wilson School Lecture Series’, which trained future policy makers and analysts to detect and counteract Islamophobia in legislation. Since beginning at Georgetown, Nazir has published several articles and book chapters on Muslims in the West and international Islamophobia.


Jordan Denari Duffner

Research Fellow

Jordan Denari Duffner received a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she studied Muslim-Christian relations and media portrayals of Islam. A recipient of a State Department Fulbright U.S. Student award, she conducted research on the impact of Christian satellite television on Muslim-Christian coexistence in Amman, Jordan from 2013 to 2014. Jordan has published widely on Islamophobia, with articles appearing in Time, America, National Catholic Reporter, Sojourners, and Commonweal, among other outlets. She is the author of a forthcoming book on Muslim-Christian dialogue for Liturgical Press.


Kristin Garrity Şekerci

Research Fellow

Kristin Garrity Şekerci received her Master’s degree from American University in Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs. Her research and commentary on Islamophobia has been published in London School of Economics Blog, Feminist Studies in Religion Blog and Huffington Post, and has been featured in Reuters, AJ+ and Baltimore’s WYPR, among other outlets. Garrity Şekerci’s research interests includes questions of identity and racialization of and within U.S. Muslim communities.


Ahmed Rehab

Senior Consultant

Ahmed Rehab is the Executive Director of the Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy group. An alumnus of the University of Illinois and Depaul University, Rehab serves as a board member of the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). He is a board member and secretary of the Egyptian American Society, a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Muslim task force, and an Eisenhower Fellow of the American Assembly. Rehab is a frequent media commentator on Islamophobia.

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