Laila Lalami is a Moroccan-American novelist and essayist. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, the Guardian, The New York Times, and in many anthologies. Lalami’s 2014 book, The Moor’s Account, was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Her work has been translated into ten languages.
Ahmed belonged to the senior Civil Service of Pakistan and was the Pakistan High Commissioner to the U.K. and Ireland. Previously, Ahmed was the Iqbal Fellow (Chair of Pakistan Studies) and Fellow of Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge, and has also taught at Harvard and Princeton Universities.
He is the author of over a dozen award-winning books including a quartet of studies published by Brookings Press examining relations between the West and the World of Islam after 9/11.
Ahmed is interviewed regularly on CNN, NPR, BBC, and Al-Jazeera. His numerous articles have appeared in, among many others The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Washington Post, CNN, Al Jazeera, The Guardian and LA Times.
Former Ambassador and Chair of Islamic Studies at American University
Areas of Expertise: Islamic Studies, Foreign Policy, Civil Service, Middle East and North Africa, Politics, Islamist Movements
Location: Washington, DC
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Humera Khan is the Executive Director of Muflehun, a think tank specializing in preventing radicalization and countering violent extremism (CVE). Khan contributes in an advisory capacity to the US government (including FBI, DHS, DOJ, DNI, DOS, NCTC, NSC and TSA) and law enforcement agencies in several European countries.
Khan holds four degrees from MIT: an MS in Technology & Policy, an MS in Nuclear Engineering, a BS in Art & Design and a BS in Nuclear Engineering. She also has an MA in Islamic Studies from the School of Islamic and Social Sciences, an affiliate seminary of the Washington Theological Consortium. Previously, Khan designed and integrated methodologies for threat anticipation and risk assessment for the Singapore government, as well as designed energy security strategies for clients of the U.S. government.
Currently, Khan’s work includes the design and launch of the Viral Peace program for the US Department of State to train youth leaders on the strategies of using social media to build communities and counter extremism. She is a frequent speaker on CVE and the role of social media in fighting extremism around the globe. In 2012 she received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for her work.
Executive Director, Muflehun
Areas of Expertise: Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), Social Media in CVE, Security Strategies, Islamic Studies, Ideology of Violent Extremism, Women in Security, Youth CVE Programs, Online Radicalization, Women CVE Programs
Faiza Patel is the co-director of the non-partisan public policy institute the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program, which seeks to ensure U.S. counterterrorism laws and policies respect human rights norms and fundamental freedoms.
She has testified before Congress opposing police surveillance of Muslims and developed legislation creating an independent Inspector General for the NYPD.
Patel has been a guest on number of television programs, including ABC’s Up Close, Bloomberg TV and Current TV.
Co-Director, Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice
Areas of Expertise: Civil Liberties, Islam in America, Counterterrorism Laws, Law, National Security
Location: New York, NY
Please contact the Brennan Center’s communications manager, Seth Hoy
Jason E. Shelton is an assistant professor of sociology & anthropology at the University of Texas at Arlington. His primary research interest is the sociology of religion, but he is also well-versed on race, class and political/social attitudes in the post-Civil Rights Era.
Shelton is the author of the award-winning “Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious Convictions.” He has been interviewed about communities within African American and LGBT communities by a variety of media outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, the BBC and the Houston Chronicle.
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Texas at Arlington
Areas of Expertise: African Americans, Race and Ethnicity, Class, Sociology of Religion, Political and Social Attitudes
Hafez received her master’s degree in anthropology from the American University in Cairo and her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Davis. Her work focuses primarily on women in Muslim societies and gender and sexuality in Islam.
Butler has a Ph.D. in religion from Vanderbilt University, a master’s degree in religion from Vanderbilt, and another master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. One of her recent books, The Gospel According to Sarah, is about the role of religion in Sarah Palin’s politics.
Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania
Areas of Expertise: Religion, Religion in the U.S., African-American Religion, Catholicism,Pentecostalism, Fundamentalism, Religion in the Media, Religion and Politics, Women and Religion, Religion and Pop Culture
Peter Chin is the lead pastor of Rainier Avenue Church in Seattle, Washington, a multi-ethnic congregation located in one of the most diverse zip codes of the United States. Chin is also a columnist for Christianity Today, writing on issues of faith and race from a minority perspective.
Chin spearheaded a social media campaign to remove the Make Me Asian app from Google’s online marketplace, an effort featured on both NPR and CNN. His Christianity Today essay, “Daddy, Why Do People Steal From Us?” was the subject of an interview on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin. And his ministry work in an African American neighborhood of Washington D.C. was showcased by the Washington Post, as well as CBS Sunday Morning.
Quraishi-Landes was a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow. Her project is a book about a new constitutional framework for Muslim-majority countries that combines both Sharia-based and secular governing principles. It is tentatively titled “Islamic Constitutionalism for the 21st Century: Not Theocratic. Not Secular. Not Impossible.”
She holds a BA from University of California, Berkeley, a JD from the University of California, Davis, an LLM from Columbia University Law School, and an SJD in Islamic law from Harvard Law School.
Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School
Areas of Expertise: Islamic Law, Islam, Constitutional Law, Sharia in America, Women’s Rights in Islamic Law