Gregory Starrett

Gregory Starrett

Primary Field
Cultural Anthropology
http://anthropology.uncc.edu
Professor and Chair, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Department of Anthropology
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas Religion, education, anthropological theory
Biography

Gregory Starrett (B.A. Northwestern University 1983, Ph.D. Stanford University 1991) is an anthropologist of religion who has been teaching at UNC Charlotte since 1992. He is past president of the UNC Charlotte Faculty Council, past president of the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association, and served for five years as editor of the Middle East Studies Association journal, Review of Middle East Studies. He has conducted research on secularism, religion, and public culture in contemporaryEgypt, on African-American Muslim communities, on Islamophobia and ritual in multicultural education in the US, and on the folklore of bioterrorism. His most recent work concerns the anthropology of time and the continuing relevance of Europe’s historical “Jewish Question” for understanding contemporary issues of migration, refugees, racism, antisemitism, and Islamophobia. His books include Putting Islam to Work: Education, Politics and Religious Transformation in Egypt (California 1998), which examines religious education and its connection to state politics and popular Islamic movements; Teaching Islam:  Religion and Textbooks in the Middle East (Lynne Reinner 2007), with Eleanor Doumato of Brown University, which critiques the idea that local systems of schooling are responsible for anti-American sentiment in the region; and The Jewish Question Again, with Joyce Dalsheim of UNC Charlotte’s Department of Global Studies (scheduled for release in November 2020, distributed by the University of Chicago Press). His research has been published in many of the discipline's major journals, including American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Anthropology Today, and the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

 

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Geographic Areas of Expertise International
Middle East and North Africa
Organizations