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. 

      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.


  • Grants / Awards

    • 2016

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

      Kathleen Connolly-Weinert Leader of the Year Award, Theta Alpha Kappa

      “Connecting the Wireless World: Writing Global Radio History”, Leverhulme Trust (co-investigator)


      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



      DU-Iliff Joint Doctoral Program Committee, Fall 2016 - 

      University of Denver Graduate Council, Fall 2017-    ; Fall 2013 – Spring 2015

      Gender & Women's Studies Executive Committee, Fall 2015 -

      University of Denver Internationalization Council, Fall 2014 – Spring 2017

      AHSS Elected Faculty Committee, Spring 2013 - Spring 2017

      Undergraduate Adviser, Fall 2011-Fall 2017

      Theta Alpha Kappa, Faculty Adviser, Fall 2012 –

      Intercultural Global Studies Minor Committee, Fall 2011-Fall 2014

  • Contact Information

    • Email:

      Office: Sturm 272

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

      Twitter: @andrealstanton

  • Recent Talks / Appearances

    • 2016-2017

      • Key Developments in the Middle East This Summer”, Denver Mile High Rotary, July
      • “Teaching Students from the Gulf: Educational Expectations”, University of Colorado, Denver, January
      • “Syria: Key Policy Areas and Forecasts”, “The Trump Administration and the Middle East” panel, University of Denver, January
      • “Contemporary Voices in Syria”, Colorado Academy, January
      • “The Contemporary Arab Family: Religion, Society, and Politics”, United States Air Force Academy, October
      • “Healthcare and the Syria Conflict”, GlobeMed Colorado, October
      • “Islam and Violence” and “Islam in the US”, Christ Church United Methodist, September/October


      • “Internationalizing American Universities: Building Bridges with the Middle East”, Vi Retirement Community, June
      • Syria: What Human Rights?” Center on Rights Development 17th Annual Spring Symposium, University of Denver, April
      • “Making Sense of the Refugee Crisis”, Colorado UNICEF Volunteer Luncheon, April
      • “Working With Refugees from Muslim Backgrounds”, Gabriel House Volunteer Trainings, March-May
      • “The US and Extremism”, Faculty Panel, “Extremism and Islamophobia in Perspective” Event Series, January
      • “Islam in the United States”, Academic Advising Staff Training Session, University of Denver, January
      • “Religious Issues in the Middle East”, Middle East Outreach Council teachers’ workshop, November
      • “Introduction to the Qur’an” and “Interpreting the Qur’an”, Christ Church United Methodist, October
      • “Modern Afghanistan: Politics, Culture, Religion”, Cheyenne Mountain High School talk, October
      • “Syria’s Refugee Crisis”, Inspiring Minds faculty panel, October
      • “Syria’s Refugee Crisis in the Middle East”, “Europe’s Refugee Crisis and the Middle East” faculty panel, University of Denver, September
      • “Eid al-Adha in Islam”, Saudi Student Association Eid Dinner, September
      • Panelist, Hip Hop Hijabis screening and discussion, Sankofa Lecture Series, Metro State University, September


      • “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
  • Courses Taught

    • 2017-2018 Courses:

      Islam on Film

      Sabbatical Winter & Spring 2018

      2016-17 Courses:

      Common Figures in the Bible and Qur'an

      Islamic Fundamentalism

      Islamic Empires


      Islam in the United States




  • 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


This portfolio last updated: Aug 18, 2017 9:26:57 AM