Non-resident fellows expand the Center's field of expertise within the broader field of Islamic studies.
Abbas Barzager, Ph.D., is the National Director for Research and Advocacy at the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR), where he directs multiple projects exploring the causes and consequences of anti-Muslim bigotry as well as Muslim engagement in contemporary American life. He received his Ph.D. from Emory University in 2010 and is a recognized expert in American Muslim history, transnational Muslim civil society and early Islamic social and intellectual history. Dr. Barzegar also has extensive experience in the applied research space, having worked on and led multiple cross-sector and international projects. He is a term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a regular commentator in media and policy circles. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, he is the co-author of Islamism: Contested Perspectives on Political Islam (Stanford, 2009). His work has been supported by The European Union, The British Council, The US Institute of Peace (USIP), the Mellon Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). His commentary and analysis can be found in a variety of print and broadcast media outlets, including CNN, Fox News, The Guardian, Huffington Post, and Aljazeera.
Ann S. Birkelbach
Ann served as the Center's Assistant Director for almost ten years building and managing the Center's academic activities and operations since the Center's founding in 2010. She also served as MEIS' (Middle East and Islamic Studies) founding Program Coordinator where she helped build and coordinate the new graduate program in collaboration with the Center's faculty. Ann is currently teaching courses in Art History and doing consulting work with the Dar-al-Islam Foundation, based in New Mexico.