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Elora Shehabuddin, Ph.D.

Executive Member

Elora Shehabuddin is Associate Professor of Humanities and Political Science at Rice University. She received her A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University and Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. She was Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, before moving to Rice in 2001. She is the author of two books, Reshaping the Holy: Democracy, Development, and Muslim Women in Bangladesh (Columbia University Press, 2008) and Empowering Rural Women: The Impact of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh (Grameen Bank, 1992). She has published articles in Modern Asian Studies, Journal of Bangladesh Studies, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Journal of Women's History, and Asian Survey, as well as chapters in numerous edited volumes. Her doctoral dissertation was awarded the American Political Science Association's Aaron Wildavsky Dissertation Award for best dissertation in Religion and Politics. She has held fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the Social Science Research Council, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. She has been a Research Associate in the Women's Studies in Religion Program at the Divinity School at Harvard University. In 2006, she was selected as a Carnegie Scholar for a comparative study of gender and Islamist politics titled "Women at the Muslim Center: Islamist Ideals and Democratic Exigencies." She is an Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (Brill) and a guest co-editor of a special issue of Feminist Economics on “Gender and Economics in Muslim Communities." She is also working on a book tentatively titled “Visions of Progress: Feminism, Empire, and Muslim Women.”

Associate Professor of Humanities and Political Science
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