Alisa Perkins

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Alisa Perkins
Assistant Professor and Graduate Advisor
Office: 
(269) 387-4396
Location: 
2005 Moore Hall, Mail Stop 5320
Mailing address: 
Department of Comparative Religion
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5320 USA
Office hours: 

Monday 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and by appointment

Education: 
  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2012
Teaching interests: 
  • Anthropology of religion
  • Islam and secularism
  • Immigration and Globalization
  • Religion and race
Research interests: 
  • Islam in America
Bio: 

Dr. Alisa Perkins is an assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Religion.

Perkins' current research project is an ethnographic study of Muslim American civic engagement in the Detroit-metro area. Her dissertation research was carried out in Hamtramck, Mich., with the support of grants from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the National Science Foundation and the PEO.

Before beginning her work on Islam in America, Perkins' research interests centered on women and gender in Muslim-majority societies, culminating in her master's level work on women’s education and family law in Morocco (this project was supported by a Fulbright grant).