Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Ann S. Birkelbach

Ann S. Birkelbach

Ann S. Birkelbach

Assistant Director

Ann received a BA in religious studies from the University of California at Berkeley with a concentration in Islam. She received graduate degrees in Near Eastern languages and cultures and in art history from Indiana University Bloomington with concentrations in classical Arabic, Islamic civilization and Islamic art. Her joint master thesis was a study of the early development of Qur’anic calligraphy during the Umayyad and early Abbasid periods.

While at Indiana, Ann also studied non-profit management at the School for Public and Environmental Affairs and attended workshops on grants management, fundraising, marketing and strategic management at the Center on Philanthropy in Indianapolis, IN.

Ann curated an exhibition on Indian bidri ware for the Indianapolis Museum of Art and assisted the education department in installing galleries for the traveling Padmashah exhibition of Indian miniature paintings. She also collaborated with an exhibition team to curate Traditional Art in the Museum at Indiana University Art Museum in Bloomington. She instructed high school students on how to teach community members about world cultures through a community connection museum program developed by the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

In addition to her museum experience, Ann has taught courses on religion and art and Islamic art at Georgetown University, University of Mary Washington, and George Mason University.