Munir Jiwa is the Founding Director of the Center for Islamic Studies and Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, and a visiting scholar at the Institutions and Governance Program at UC Berkeley. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University and a Masters in World Religions from Harvard Divinity School. His research interests include Islam and Muslims in the West, media, aesthetics, secularism and religious formation. He is the recipient of many awards and grants from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ford Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. Since 1995 he has worked with Religions for Peace on interreligious youth programs around the world. Currently, he is serving on the Islamic Studies Advisory Group for Public Education at Stanford University, and on the Steering Committee for the Contemporary Islam group at the AAR. He has a manuscript under review, titled, Exhibiting Muslims: Art, Politics and Identity in New York City.
The Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project (IRDP) focuses on a systematic and empirical approach to the study of Islamophobia and its impact on Muslim communities. Today, Muslims in the U.S., parts of Europe, and around the world have been transformed into a demonized and feared global “other,” subjected to legal, social, and political discrimination.