Steering Committee


Professor Sarah Ansari

Professor Sarah Ansari

Professor of History

Focus on identity politics, nation-building in Pakistan, spatial approaches towards South Asia’s history, and differential understandings of citizenship.  

Ibrahim Halawi

Ibrahim Halawi

Senior Research Associate

Visiting Lecturer in Contemporary Middle East Politics. Focus on the history of counterrevolution in the Middle East.  

Professor Sandra Halperin

Professor Sandra Halperin

Director of CIWAS/Professor of International Relations

Focus on global development, historical sociology, war and peace, Middle East politics, and structures of social power.  

Dr. Mohammadreza Kalantari

Dr. Mohammadreza Kalantari

Post-Doctoral Fellow at CIWAS/Deputy Director

Focus on Religion and politics, Islamic law, Shi’ism, and Modern Middle East (particularly, Iran, Iraq, & Lebanon).  

Professor Humayun Ansari

Professor Humayun Ansari

Professor of the History of Islam and Cultural Diversity

Focus on ethnicity, identity, migration, multiculturalism, Islam in the West, Islamism and Islamophobia.