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Our program is under the leadership of the director, our executive board, and affiliated faculty from various departments at Cornell. All of these faculty members represent different disciplines and different parts of the world where Islam has a substantial presence.

Associate Professor, Government

Allen R. Carlson is an associate professor of government. He earned his PhD from Yale University’s Department of Political Science. His undergraduate degree is from Colby College.

Director, South Asia Program

Iftikhar Dadi is an associate professor in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies.

Geographic Research Area: Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Middle East

Associate Professor, Asian Studies

Trained in classical Islamic studies and the history of Islam in Indonesia - in Italy (University of Rome) and London (SOAS) respectively, Chiara Formichi has held positions in Singapore (post-doctoral fellow at the Asia Research Institute), Leiden (research fellow at the KITLV), and at the City

Goldwin Smith Professor, Africana Studies
Associate Professor, Anthropology

Saida Hodžić studies women’s rights activism, NGO advocacy, humanitarianism, and civic environmental activism.

Adjunct Professor, Classics, Comparative Literature, and Near Eastern Studies
Administrative Assistant
Associate Professor, Africana Studies
Associate Professor, History
Professor, Near Eastern Studies