Andrea L. Stanton

Andrea L. Stanton

  • Biographical Description

    • I obtained my doctorate from Columbia University, where my dissertation focused on radio in the Middle East, and my B.A. from Williams College, where I double-majored in history and religion. My research focuses on twentieth, and twenty-first century Islam in the Middle East, looking at expressions of faith and religious identity in print and broadcast media, and investigating the sometimes conflictual, sometimes cooperative relationship between new technologies and claims to religious authority. My recent work examines government management of religious broadcasts in Palestine in the 1930s and 1940s, connecting this to a broader history of Middle Eastern states controlling religious communities' access to radio and television. I have also been working on a project that investigates the growing importance of Islamic emoticons (and the controversiality of "non-Islamic" emoticons) for Muslim users of Islamic websites and web forums, and expanding this study to newer forms of social media. I'll be presenting my latest work at the 2016 AHA and a May 2016 workshop at Stanford University. 

      Before coming to DU, I taught at Sarah Lawrence College and the American University of Beirut. I also worked at the NYU Center for Dialogues, an academic, policy, and community focused institute that engages with Muslim communities in the United States and abroad. I currently edit H-Levant, an academic listserver with over 1,000 subscribers, and serve as Editor of the Syrian Studies Association Newsletter, as well as on the Syrian Studies Association's board.

      At DU, I serve as the Undergraduate Adviser for our RLGS Majors and Minors, as the interim adviser for our MA students, and as an adviser for the new Intercultural Global Studies Minor. I am also a member of the Faculty and Staff Honor Code Subcommittee.

  • Grants / Awards

    • 2014

      National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Grant, "Teaching Interconnected Histories of the Mediterranean", to be held at the University of Denver in July 2015. Co-awarded with Peter Mandaville, George Mason University


      Interfaith Course Development Grant, Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, Merrimack College (external)

      University Library Association Grant, “Strengthening the Penrose Islamic Studies Collection: Recent Films and Scholarship” (internal)

      Civic Seminar, Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning (internal)


      Outstanding Faculty Member Award, Joint Ph.D. Program


      Walter Rosenberry Travel Fund, Arts Humanities & Social Sciences (internal)

      Reacting to the Past Game Development Conference” Travel Funding, Office of Teaching and Learning (internal)


      Public Education for Peacebuilding Support Grant, United States Institute of Peace / Institute of International Education (external)



      American Academy of Religion Regional Development Grant, “Religion in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains Conference” (external)

      Faculty Research Fund Grant, “One of the Most Active Organizations in the Nation: Cedar Rapids’ Muslim Community, 1920s-Present” (internal)

      Graduate Studies Innovation Grant, “Redesigning the RLGS M.A. Program”, co-written with Gregory Robbins, Associate Professor / Chair (internal)


      Community-Engaged Learning Mini-Grant, “Designing a Grant-Writing Course for Religious Studies M.A. Students” (internal)


      State Historical Society of Iowa Research Grant, “Building the ‘Mother Mosque’: The History of Cedar Rapids’ Muslim Community in Press Coverage and Government Documents” (external)

      Women’s Library Association Grant, “Strengthening Penrose Islamic Studies Collection for Teaching and Research” (internal)

  • University Service



      University of Denver Internationalization Council, Fall 2014 –

      University of Denver Graduate Council, Fall 2013 – Spring 2015


      Elected Faculty Committee, Member, Spring 2013 -

                  Faculty Representative, AHSS (Divisional) Advisory Board, 2014 -


      Undergraduate Adviser, Fall 2011-


      Theta Alpha Kappa, Faculty Adviser, Fall 2012 –


      ACMCU “Teaching Islam” Workshop, Host and Organizer, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015


      Intercultural Global Studies Minor Committee, Fall 2011-Fall 2014

  • Contact Information

    • Email:

      Phone: 303.871.3053

      Office: Sturm 272

      Mailing Address: Religious Studies Department, 2000 E. Asbury Ave., Sturm 266, Denver, CO, 80208

  • Recent Talks / Appearances

    • 2014-2015

      • “ISIS and Women”, Class Lecture, University of Denver, July
      • “Religion in Science Fiction / Fantasy”, Denver Comic Con, May
      • “The Chapel Hill Murders: Roundtable”, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, April
      • “Syria and Lebanon: Field Report”, Colorado Academy of Lifelong Learning, March
      • “Does Freedom of Speech Mean Freedom to Offend? The Charlie Hebdo Attacks and Free Speech”, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Feb
      • “Islam Today”, Wellshire Presbyterian, November
      • “How Religion Affects the World”, Vi Retirement Community, October
      • “Islam, the Caliphate, and Non-Muslims”, Christ Church United Methodist, September



      • “Gender and Sexuality in Islam”, Vail Mountain School, March
      • “Syria: Latest Developments and Key Issues”, OLLI, January
      • “Making Sense of the Syria Crisis”, faculty panel, CMES, September
      • “Islam: Overview & Key Issues”, Christ Church, Denver, September
      • “Current Issues in the Middle East”, Lakewood Rotary, Denver, June
      • “Syria: The Current Conflict”, OLLI, Denver, May
      • “Evolving Extremism: Islamic Radicalism Today”, DU Salon, March
  • Courses Taught

    • 2015-16 Courses:

      RLGS 3502 Contemporary Islam

      RLGS 2111 Islam & US Politics


      2013-2014 Courses

      Islam (Fall)

      Islam & US Politics (Fall)

      Islamic Empires (Winter)

      Islamic Fundamentalisms (Winter)

      Qur'an and Hadith (Spring)

      2012-2013 Courses

      Islam & US Politics

      Islamic Fundamentalisms


      Major Islamic Thinkers, 1900s-2000s

      Grant Writing for Research and Community Engagement

      2011-2012 Courses

      Islam in the United States

      Introduction to Islam

      Muhammad: Man and Messenger

      Qur'an and Hadith

      2010-2011 Courses

      Islam in the United States

      Introduction to Islam

      Pilgrimage in Islam

      Contemporary Islam

      Intersections: Faith and Mass Media

      independent study on Women in Saudi Arabia

      Past Courses

      Muslim Modernities: From Classical Model to Today

      Desire & Experiment: Colonial and Post-Colonial French North Africa

      Boundaries & Affiliations: National Identities in the Modern Middle East

      Ottoman State & Society

      Social History of the Modern Middle East

      Cities in the Modern Middle East

      Lebanese & Syrian Migration to the Americas

      Media in the Mandate Period

  • Professional Affiliations

    • American Academy of Religion

      American Historical Association

      Association of Middle East Women’s Studies

      Middle East Studies Association

      Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics

      Syrian Studies Association

      World History Association

This portfolio last updated: Jan 8, 2016 4:09:58 PM