Andrea L. Stanton

  • Biographical Description

    • Please note that I am on parental leave through the end of 2014 and on a research mini-sabbatical Jan-March 2015.

      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.

      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)

  • Service

    • 2012 Program Committee Member, Regional AAR/SBL/ASOR Conference

      Manuscript Reviewer

      • Journal of Women’s History, Winter 2012 -
      • Comparative Studies in Society and History, Fall 2011 -
      • International Journal of the History of Sport, Fall 2011 -
      • Digest of Middle East Studies, Fall 2010 –
      • Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Fall 2010 -


      Association of Middle East Women’s Studies

      • Program Committee Chair, Annual Meeting, 2012
      • Presidential Nominating Committee Member, 2011-12


      Syrian Studies Association

      • Editor, Newsletter, Winter 2011 -
      • Book Review Editor, Newsletter, Spring 2008 – Winter 2011
      • Dissertation Prize Committee Member, Fall 2008 – Fall 2010


      Editorial Board Member, Journal of Levantine Studies, Summer 2009 -


      2011 Program Committee Member, American Historical Association

      H-LEVANT Editor, H-Levant Executive Committee, Fall 2008 –

  • 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

    • 2013

      • “Current Issues in the Middle East”, Lakewood Rotary, Denver, June
      • “Syria: The Current Conflict”, OLLI, Denver, May


      • “Cedar Rapids’ Muslim Community in Context”, Cornell College, IA, December
      • “Four Key Issues for Islam Today”, Max Pickergill Lecturer, Colby College, KS, November
      • “Arabic: Explained and Experienced”, Language Center International (LCI), Denver, November
      • “Christians and Muslims in the New Middle East”, DU Alumni Symposium, October
      • “Religion, Media, and Politics”, DU-Iliff Joint PhD Program, Denver, October
      • “Eid al-Adha in Context”, DU MSA Eid al-Adha Dinner, October
      • “The Arab Spring at 21 Months”, Denver Eclectics, October
      • “Religion in US Political Discourse: 2008 and 2012”, Religion and US Politics DU LLC teach-in, September
      • “The Middle East: Iraq and Lebanon”, Religion and Social Cohesion in Conflict-Affected Countries Symposium, October
      • "Ramadan: Overview and Key Contemporary Issues”, Englewood Federal Corrections Institution, July
      • "Muslim Americans, Middle East Policy, and the 2012 Presidential Election, DU Roundtable, May
      • " Working With Students from the Arab World”, Language Center International, April
      • “What Happened to the Arab Spring?”, DU Roundtable, February
      • “Social Media and the Young Middle East”, DU Salon, January
      • “Political Islam: 1930s-Present”, University of Vienna, November
      • “The Meaning of Eid”, opening remarks, DU Eid al-Adha Dinner, November
      • “After Anwar al-Awlaki: Islam, the Middle East, and US Policy”, DU roundtable, October
      • “Islam and Muslims in U.S. News Media since 9/11”, Bridges to the Future Lecture Series, University of Denver, February


      • “Middle East Connections”, Confronting U.S. Torture Panel, Sarah Lawrence College, December
      • “Women, Islam, and Human Rights”, Dialogues with Islam Symposium, Albany Law School, March
      • Moderator, “Muslim European Women: Challenges and Opportunities” Panel, NYU, February 

  • Courses Taught

    • 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: Aug 23, 2014 9:33:50 AM