John L. Esposito
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.
Senior Research Fellow
Nazir Harb Michel, Ph.D.
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.
Senior Research Fellow
Jordan Denari Duffner
Previously a Research Fellow at the Bridge Initiative, Jordan Denari Duffner is now pursuing a PhD in Theological and Religious Studies at Georgetown University. She is the author of Finding Jesus among Muslims: How Loving Islam Makes Me a Better Catholic, a forthcoming book from Liturgical Press. A former Fulbright researcher in Amman, Jordan, she has written for numerous publications, including the Washington Post, TIME, Sojourners, and America, about Muslim-Christian dialogue and Islamophobia.
Kristin Garrity Şekerci
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.
Senior Research Fellow
Board of Advisors
- Chris Allen, University of Birmingham
- Karen Armstrong, best-selling author & founder of Charter of Compassion
- Jocelyne Cesari, Georgetown University
- Susan Douglass, Georgetown University
- Juan Cole, University of Michigan
- Peter Gottschalk, Wesleyan University
- Farid Hafez, Salzburg University
- Nancy Hollander, criminal defense attorney, Freedman Boyd Hollander
- Sherman Jackson, University of Southern California
- Ingrid Mattson, University of Western Ontario
- Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus, Washington, D.C.
- Anne Norton, University of Pennsylvania
- Robert Pape, University of Chicago
- Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, Georgetown University
- Omid Safi, Duke University
- Jim Wallis, Founder and President, Sojourners
- Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Senior Minister of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, 2012-2014