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Kathleen Foody

Associate Professor, International Studies

Address: 9 Glebe 300
Phone: 843.953.1033
Curriculum Vitae: Download


Ph.D. in Islamic Studies, Graduate Program in Religious Studies; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

M.A. in Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Studies; Washington University in St. Louis

B.A. in Religion, Sociology, and Anthropology; Carleton College

Research Interests

Professor Foody specializes in the study of Islam.  Her research deals with modern Muslim definitions of religion, Islamic politics, and secularity. Other areas of interest include how global actors define and benefit from varied understandings of religious violence.

Courses Taught

  • Revolution & Utopia (INTL 350), College of Charleston, Spring 2016
  • International Studies Capstone (INTL 495), Spring 2015
  • Religion & Law in the Global Context (INTL 350/RELS 290), College of Charleston, Fall 2014
  • The Islamic Tradition (International Studies 290)/The Islamic Tradition (Religious Studies 235), College of Charleston, Fall 2012 and Spring 2014
  • Introduction to International Studies (International Studies 100), College of Charleston, Fall 2012-present

Honors and Awards

 Fellowships, Grants & Awards:
  • College of Charleston, Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs Faculty Research Grant, Summer 2013
  • UNC Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship, 2011-2012
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Seminar on The Study of Religion, July 2011
  • Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2011-2012
  • UNC Off-Campus Dissertation Research Fellowship, Spring 2011
  • UNC Center for Global Initiatives, Student Learning Circle: "Muslim Conceptions of Community: Class, Religion, Nation," Fall 2010-Spring 2011
  • Teaching Fellowship, University of North Carolina, academic year 2010-2011
  • American Academy of Religion (AAR) International Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2010
  • International Society for Iranian Studies Conference Fellow (travel grant), American Institute of Iranian Studies, May 28-30th, 2010
  • UNC Center for Global Initiatives, Student Learning Circle: "Migration, Citizenship, and Identity: Muslim Debates after Decolonization," Fall 2009 – Spring 2010
  • Carnegie Foundation Planning Grant – Modern Muslim Texts - Research Assistant, Spring 2009
  • TA Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, academic years 2008-2009, 2009-2010
  • Critical Language Scholarship (Persian), CAORC, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Summer 2008
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow (Arabic), academic year 2007-2008
  • University Merit Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, academic year 2006-2007
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow (Persian), summer 2004
  • University Fellow Merit Scholarship, Washington University in St. Louis, 2003-2004, 2004-2005  


Foody, Kathleen. “Pedagogical Projects: Teaching Liberal Religion After 9/11.” The Muslim World. Forthcoming.

Foody, Kathleen. “The Limits of Religion: Liberalism and Anti-Liberalism in Post-Revolution Iran.” Culture and Religion. Forthcoming.

Foody, Kathleen. “Considering Public Criticism: Secularity, Citizenship, and Religious Argument in Contemporary Iran.” The Muslim World 105 (2015): 299-311.

Review of Bahramitash, Roksana and Eric Hoogland, eds.  Gender in Contemporary Iran: Pushing the Boundaries. New York: Routledge University Press, 2012, in International and Global Studies. Forthcoming.

Review of Eric Hoogland and Leif Stenberg, eds. Navigating Contemporary Iran: Challenging Economic, Social, and Political Perceptions. New York: Routledge University Press, 2012, in International and Global Studies 6:2, 2015, pp.80-81.

Foody, Kathleen. “Interiorizing Islam: Religious Experience and State Oversight in the Islamic Republic Of Iran.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion (2015)

“Utopia.” In The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought, edited by Gerhard Bowering, Patricia Crone, Wadad Kadi, Devin J. Stewart, Muhammad Qasim Zaman, and Mahan Mirza. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012

“Review: Islam and Dissent in Postrevolutionary Iran,” Contemporary Islam 6, no.2 (2012), 223-225.