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Dr. Kelly Pemberton

Title:
Assistant Professor of Religion and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Office:
2106 G St., NW
Phone: 202-994-6363
Email:
kpembert@gwu.edu

Areas of Expertise

Civil Society

Comparative Research Methods (esp. trans-national comparative research)

Gender and Development

Gender and Islam in South Asia and the Middle East

The Landscape of Religious Authority and Authorities

Migration, Transnationalism, and Identity

Ritual Studies

Sufism 

She has co-edited a volume of essays, Shared Idioms Sacred Symbols and the Articulation of Identities in South Asia (Routledge 2009), and written a monograph, Women Mystics and Sufi Shrines in the Indian Subcontinent (University of South Carolina Press, 2010). Her work has been published in academic  journals, encyclopedias, and edited volumes.

On sabbatical for the 2015-16 academic year.

She has co-edited a volume of essays, Shared Idioms Sacred Symbols and the Articulation of Identities in South Asia (Routledge 2009), and written a monograph, Women Mystics and Sufi Shrines in the Indian Subcontinent (University of South Carolina Press, 2010). Her work has been published in academic  journals, encyclopedias, and edited volumes.

Current Research

Her research covers mysticism, the landscape of religious authority and authorities, and civil society in South Asia and the Middle East, especially as these relate to gender.  She also consults on projects focusing on the Middle East and Asia for non-profit organizations, government agencies, and private businesses.

Education

After receiving a BA in French from Vassar College, Kelly Pemberton completed an MA in international studies and religion at the University of Washington and a PhD in religion at Columbia University. 

Publications

BOOKS

Women Mystics and Sufi Shrines in the Indian Subcontinent. University of South Carolina Press, 2010

Shared Idioms, Sacred Symbols, and the Articulation of Identities in South Asia (co-edited with Michael Nijhawan, York University, Toronto) Routledge Press, 2008

ARTICLES

"The Politics of Gender in the Sufi Imaginary”, in Islam, Sufism, and Everyday Politics in South Asia. Ed. Deepra Dandekar and Torsten Tschacher. Routledge Books (forthcoming Feb. 2016)

“Sufi Tarikats and the Turkish State: Accommodations and Uneasy Alliances” in Sufism, Pluralism, and Democracy. Ed Sarwar Alam and Clinton Bennett. Equinox Publishing (forthcoming July 2016)

“Sufis and Social Activism: a Chishti Response to Communal Strife in India Today” in In Search of South Asian Sufis, eds. Clinton Bennett & Charles Ramsey. Continuum Books, 2012

“An Islamic Discursive Tradition on Reform as Seen in the Writing of Deoband’s Maulana Taqi ‘Usmani” Muslim World vol. 99, no. 3, July 2009.

 

For more information on Professor Pemberton's work at GW, please visit her personal homepage or her blog.

Homepage: http://home.gwu.edu/~kpembert/

Blog: http://www.kellypemberton.com/

 

 

Classes Taught

On sabbatical for the 2015-16 academic year.