Leadership and Staff

The Center of Muslim Experience in the United States is co-directed by Dr. Yasmin Saikia (Hardt-Nickachos Chair in Peace Studies and Professor of History) and Dr. Chad Haines (Associate Professor of Religious Studies). Since moving to ASU in 2010, they have developed a number of joint projects in peace studies, the study of Muslims and South Asian studies.

Together, they have co-edited three volumes in Peace Studies: "Women and Peace in the Islamic World," "People’s Peace," and "On Othering: Processes and Politics of Unpeace." They also developed a number of projects to provide professional development to scholars in South Asia, including two major grants from the U.S. Department of State creating partnerships with the University of Punjab and Kinnaird College, both located in Lahore, Pakistan. In addition, they conduct joint workshops at universities across South Asia, including Aligarh Muslim University, the University of Science and Technology (Meghalaya), Jamia Millia Islamia University (New Delhi), Forman Christian College (Lahore), Lahore University of Management Sciences and Karachi University.

They are currently involved in a major, three-year, joint research project funded by the National Endowment of the Humanities, to research and co-author a book on Minorities and Belonging in South Asia.

Yasmin Saikia, Co-Director

Yasmin Saikia is a historian, earning her PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and having studied at Aligarh Muslim University earlier. She has published three books and numerous edited volumes along with over three dozen peer-reviewed articles and essays. Two of her award-winning books are "Fragmented Memory: Struggling to be Tai-Ahom in India" (2005) and "Women, War, and the Making of Bangladesh: Remembering 1971" (2010). Besides the trilogy on "People’s Peace" she co-edited "Sayyid Ahmad Khan Cambridge Companion" and "Northeast India: A Place of Relations."

Her scholarly lens is focused on the history of Muslim communities in South Asia with thematic specialization on memory and identity; women, war and peace; contemporary South Asia (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh); and Islamic ethics and values of peace. 

Chad Haines, Co-Director

Chad Haines is a cultural anthropologist, also having earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of "Nation, Territory, and Globalization in Pakistan" and is currently working on a second book tentatively titled "Muslim Pathways: Urbanism, Modernity, and Everyday Islamic Ethics in Cairo, Islamabad, and Dubai." Chad has been awarded research grants from the National Endowment for Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the American Council of Learned Societies and the American Institute of Pakistan Studies. Before moving to ASU, he was an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at American University in Cairo and earlier served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali.

His scholarly concerns focus on Islamophobia, postcolonial nation-building and the mapping of marginal communities, the politics of geographical space and territory in South Asia, urban cultures and the making of modern Muslim identities and Islamic values and everyday ethics of neighborliness and hospitality.

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Flo Sharp
Program Coordinator

Flo holds a Masters in Islamic Studies, and has a profound interest in the overlap of gender, Islamic values, and Islamic law. She has a background in administration, radio, and research, and she is hoping to use these skills to help the Center grow to its full potential.

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Khushbo Khalil                                                                                                                  Communications and Outreach Specialist

Khushbo has a Masters in Counseling from Santa Clara University. Her interests include Muslim American community development, mental health, and education. Khushbo has worked with the Muslim American community for several years including in higher education at Zaytuna College, America's first Muslim liberal arts college, and is passionate about carving a place in academia for Muslim voices.

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Mohammed Atif                                                                                                                    Project Coordinator: Challenges of Indian Muslim Students

Atif is a graduate student in Information Technology at ASU.  As a first-generation Indian Muslim immigrant to the US, he is undertaking research on the Indian Muslim student experience, documenting the challenges and opportunities they face as they integrate into American society.


Yasmin Saikia and Chad Haines, Co-Edited Volumes:

Women and Peace in the Islamic World
(Bloomsbury, 2021)

People’s Peace: Prospects for a Human Future
(Syracuse University Press, 2019)

Forthcoming: On Othering: Processes and Politics of Unpeace
(Athabasca University Press, 2023)

Yasmin Saikia:

Fragmented Memories: Struggling to be Tai-Ahom in India
(Duke University Press, 2004)

Women, War, and the Making of Bangladesh: Remembering 1971
(Duke University Press, 2011)

Yasmin Saikia, Co-Edited Volumes:

The Cambridge Companion to Sayyid Ahmad Khan
(Cambridge University Press, 2019)

Northeast India: A Place of Relations
(Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Chad Haines:

Nation, Territory, and Globalization in Pakistan: Traversing the Margins
(Routledge, 2017)