Director, Islamic Studies, GTU
Munir Jiwa is the Founding Director of the Center for Islamic Studies and Associate Professor at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University and a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. His research interests include Islam and Muslims in the West, Islamophobia, media, aesthetics, secularism and religious formation. He is the recipient of foundation awards and grants from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ford Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council.
Dr. Jiwa is currently serving on the Islamic Studies Advisory Group for Public Education at Stanford University, on the advisory board of the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program, and as an advisor to the Islamophobia Documentation and Research Project at the Center for Race and Gender, both at UC Berkeley, and on the board of the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education at the GTU. He received the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award at the GTU in 2015. His forthcoming work is titled, Politics of Exhibition: Artists and Muslim Identity in New York City.