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Executive committee

Shelley Feldman

Shelley Feldman

Professor, Development Sociology and Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Broadly, Professor Feldman's research goals are to better understand processes of global social change, especially as these processes are expressed in particular social and spatial contexts and differently, among diverse social constituencies. She engages this approach to explore a number of parallel but distinct research interests.

David Powers

David Powers

Professor, Near Eastern Studies

David S. Powers received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1979 and began teaching at Cornell in the same year. His courses deal with Islamic civilization, Islamic history and law, and classical Arabic texts, and his research focuses on the emergence of Islam and Islamic legal history. He is founding editor of the journal Islamic Law and Society.

Shawkat Toorawa

Shawkat Toorawa

Associate Professor of Arabic Literature and Islamic Studies, Near Eastern Studies

Shawkat Toorawa's research interests are classical and medieval Arabic literature, the Qur'an, modern poetry, and the Indian Ocean. He is a Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellow; and Co-Executive Editor of the Library of Arabic Literature, an initiative to edit and translate the premodern Arabic literary heritage.

Iftikhar Dadi

Iftikhar Dadi

Associate Professor, History of Art

Iftikhar Dadi’s research examines art as a global and networked practice from the late nineteenth century to the present. He engages with theorizations of modernity, contemporaneity, and postcoloniality to analyze the modern and contemporary art of Asia, the Middle East, and their diasporas. Another research interest is his study of media, crafts, and popular culture with reference to ongoing socio-aesthetic transformations in South Asia, seeking to understand how emergent urban publics forge new avenues of civic participation.

Eric Tagliacozzo

Eric Tagliacozzo

Director, Comparative Muslim Societies Program; Professor, History

Much of Professor Tagliacozzo's work has centered on the history of people, ideas, and material in motion in and around Southeast Asia, especially in the late colonial age. His first book, Secret Trades, Porous Borders: Smuggling and States Along a Southeast Asian Frontier (Yale, 2005), examined many of these ideas by analyzing the history of smuggling in the region.