The John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics draws on the vast experience and resources of many people to fulfill its mission: to deepen academic and public understanding of religion and politics in the United States.
Our faculty produce some of the foremost research and scholarship in various fields covering religion and U.S. politics. They offer a wealth of experience and guidance to the Washington University community, as well as the St. Louis region and beyond.
My research focuses on Islam, gender, and race in America. My book-in-progress analyzes American Muslim women’s religious authority, examining how they negotiate the Islamic tradition and build gender-equitable worship spaces.
I work on contemporary religious ethics and political theory with an emphasis on feminist thought, Christian theology, and modern forms of power critique. My first book is about uncertainty in loving relationships and its lessons for contemporary ethics and politics.
I am a historian of religion in the twentieth century U.S., with a particular interest in the intersection of religion and politics. I am especially interested in the relationship between various forms of American religious media and notions of race, socio-economics, gender, citizenship, and nationhood.