Andrea Stanton

Associate Professor; Chair, Religious Studies

What I do

I am Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. I am also an affiliated faculty member at DU's Center for Middle East Studies.

Professional Biography

I obtained my MA and PhD in Middle Eastern history from Columbia University, and my BA in history and in religion from Williams College. My research agenda follows two tracks: 20th century Middle Eastern history, focusing on intersections between mass media forms and national or social identities, and 21st century Islam, focusing on intersections between contemporary media forms (mass and individual), state interests, and personal piety. At DU, I teach a range of Islamic studies courses, including: Introduction to Islam, Islam in the United States, Islam and Gender, Islamic Empires, and Common Figures in the Bible and Qur'an. Like my other RLGS colleagues, I also do quite a bit of community engagement and public outreach, giving numerous public talks each year.


  • Ph.D., Middle East History, Columbia University, 2007

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Middle East Studies Association
  • American Historical Association
  • Syrian Studies Association

Media Sources


Coming to the University of Denver entailed shifting from a history to a religious studies department, which has encouraged my research agenda to develop and broaden. My research interests have proceeded along two primary tracks: 20th century Middle Eastern history, with a continuing focus on nation building and technology; and contemporary manifestations of piety among Muslims in the United States and the Middle East, with a particular focus on shifts due to the naturalization of nation-state boundaries and changes in technology.

Key Projects

  • Radio and Decolonization: Bringing Sound into 20th Century History
  • Supporting JDP Faculty and Students of Color
  • Teaching Connected Histories of the Mediterranean
  • Religion and Peacebuilding: Public Talk Series
  • Religion in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains
  • Interfaith Youth Core
  • Religion and Peacebuilding: Public Talk Series

Featured Publications

  • Locating Palestine's Summer Residence: Mandate Tourism and National Identity
  • Islamic Emoticons and Religious Authority: Emerging Practices, Shifting Paradigms
  • The Search for a Young Imam Begins Now: Imam Muda and Civilizational Islam in Malaysia
  • Can imperial radio be transnational? British‐affiliated Arabic radio broadcasting in the interwar period
  • This is Jerusalem Calling: State Radio in Mandate Palestine
  • Celebrating Muhammad’s Birthday in the Middle East: Supporting or Complicating Muslim Identity Projects?


  • Good conduct through radio listening: BBC Arabic and the fear of Italian propaganda
  • Managing the Piety and the Business of Hajj
  • The DU Religious Inclusivity Initiative
  • Muslim, Jew, Immigrant: Fear of Others in the US Today
  • Understanding the “State” in Islamic State: Mediated Articulations of the Caliphate’s State Ideology


  • Kathleen Connolly-Weinert Leader-of-the-Year Award, Theta Alpha Kappa
  • Outstanding Faculty Member Award, Joint Ph.D. Program Student Association