Emily finished her Ph.D. in the Department of Religion at Princeton in June 2019, and is currently a postgraduate fellow working on publications related to her dissertation, entitled: “Omani Ibadism: transitions in modernity, encounters with Salafism.” Fascinated by the study of modern Islam through less-conventional approaches, she has explored perennial questions about Islam’s place in the modern world and Islamic orthodoxy by researching sectarian and ethnic minority groups. In addition to Omani Ibadism, she has researched Salafism in the African American community and its relationships to Saudi Salafi networks.
Her research interests include modern Islamic/Islamist movements, Arabian Gulf studies, material culture, religion and race, and religion and gender. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and a language enthusiast, Emily has traveled abroad to Egypt, Morocco and Tajikistan for intensive language study programs (Arabic and Persian). She earned her M.A. in Religion at Princeton in 2015 and her B.A., summa cum laude, in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania in 2013.