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

Media & Communications Liaison/Research Associate

PhD Candidate. Focus on the concept of counterrevolution; contemporary 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.