In the fall of 2018, I will join the faculty in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Puget Sound. I received my Ph.D. from Duke University’s Graduate Program in Religion, with a focus on Islamic Studies. My research interests include global histories of Muslim political, legal, theological, and mystical thought. I approach Islamic studies from within the disciplinary formations of religious studies and political theory. Global and transnational feminisms are also important theoretical touchstones in my work.
I am specifically focused on Muslim conceptions of territoriality and spatial belonging, the history of Islam in the Maghreb, and religion and law. I am currently completing a dissertation entitled, “Islamic Land: Muslim Genealogies of Territorial Sovereignty in Modern Morocco, 1900-1990,” which adds to contemporary scholarship on Islamic states and modern ‘ulama’ (traditionally-trained scholars) by asking how religious elites envisioned and helped to reshape the Moroccan national territory. This work will form the basis of my first monograph, tentatively titled, Islamic Terroir: Religion, Space, and Belonging in Modern Muslim Geopolitical Thought.
I am married to the poet, Ambalila Hemsell.