Chapman Sklar


Chapman joined the Islamic studies subfield within the Department of Religion in 2019. She graduated from Washington and Lee in 2015 with a BA in Religion and worked in biomedical research ethics before moving to the Middle East to study Arabic and Persian. Her dissertation project blends her interests in Islamic studies and medicine. Tentatively titled, Healing a Nation: Facets of Modern Muslim Medicine in Colonial South Asia, this work examines how the spread of Western medicine and the development of public health impacted Muslim identities during the British Raj. Using a variety of sources, including literary journals, medical treatises, and political pamphlets, Chapman seeks to understand how Muslims viewed themselves as patients and practitioners within a medical landscape that was inextricably linked with the political transformations of the period.

Chapman has served as the department representative to the Graduate Student Government as well as on various University committees. She created the @PrincetonIslam Twitter account, designed to break down departmental barriers and increase access to resources and events related to the study of the Islamic world (very broadly defined). If you have an event you’d like to promote, please feel free to reach out.