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Luisa Nardini, Director MBE 3.602, Mailcode E3100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-2069

Denise A. Spellberg

Associate Professor Ph.D., 1989, Columbia University



Research interests:  Islam in American and European history; medieval Islamic history, religion, and gender

Courses taught: Islam in the History of the United States; Islam in Europe and America; Introduction to the Middle East: Religious, Cultural, Historical Foundations, 570 to 1453; Islamic Spain and North Africa to 1492,  Islamic Historiography. 

Recent Publications: Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders (Knopf, October 2013)

"Islam in America: Adventures in Neo-Orientalism," Review of Middle East Studies,  Vol. 4, No. 1 (Summer 2009): 25-35.

"Could a Muslim Be President? An Eighteenth-Century Constitutional Debate," Eighteenth-Century Studies 39 (2006): 485-506.

"Inventing Matamoras: Gender and the Forgotten Islamic Past in the United States of America," Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 25 (2004): 148-164.

Awards/Honors: Carnegie Foundation Scholarship, 2009-10; Harry Ransom Teaching Award, 2006; Dad's Centennial Teaching Fellowship for Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction, 2003; President's Associates Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award in History, 1996-97

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