Saba Mahmood

Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology

Professor Mahmood received her PhD in anthropology from Stanford University. She holds professional degrees in architecture and urban planning, and worked in these fields before pursuing anthropology. Her most recent book, Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report, examines conditions of secular governance that have exacerbated the plight of non-Muslim minorities in the modern Middle East, with a special focus on Egypt.

Professor Mahmood teaches graduate courses on secularism and secularity; violence and hope; human rights and sovereignty; ethics and politics; modern religious hermeneutics; religion and the body; as well as modern anthropological theory.  Her undergraduate courses focus on sexuality and gender; feminist theory and postcolonialism; anthropology of the Middle East and Islam; anthropology of religion; and ethnographic research and methodology.