Kathleen Foody

Associate Professor, International Studies

Address: 9 Glebe 300
Office Hours: Spring 2020: Wednesdays 2:00pm - 5:00pm (use appointment calendar)
Phone: 843.953.1033
E-mail: foodykm@cofc.edu
Personal Website: https://hcommons.org/members/foodykm/
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

INTL 100 Introduction to International Studies

INTL 290 / RELS 235 The Islamic Tradition

INTL 350 Religion and Law in the Global Context

INTL 350 Revolution & Utopia

HONS 398 Independent Study: Islam and Politics in Central Asia

INTL 495 Capstone Seminar: Postcolonial World

INTL 499 (Honor’s Senior Thesis) Soviet Socio-Religious Influence in Central Asia

INTL 499 (Honor’s Senior Thesis) The Role of Religion in 21st Century NGOs

Honors and Awards

2018-2019        Sabbatical Research Leave, College of Charleston.      

2018                College of Charleston, Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs Faculty Research Grant.       

2016                College of Charleston, Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs Faculty Research Grant.        

2015                Outstanding Service to First-Year Students, College of Charleston

2013                College of Charleston, Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs Faculty Research Grant.


2018     Foody, Kathleen. “Muslims and the Media: From Texts to Affects.” Journal of Islamic Studies 29(2): 230-251.

2016     Foody, Kathleen. “The Limits of Religion: Liberalism and Anti-Liberalism in Post-Revolution Iran.” Culture and Religion 17: 183-199.

2016     Foody, Kathleen. “Pedagogical Projects: Teaching Liberal Religion After 9/11.” The Muslim World 106: 719-739.

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

2015     Foody, Kathleen. “Interiorizing Islam: Religious Experience and State Oversight in the Islamic Republic Of Iran.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 83: 599-623.