Board of Directors

NAAIMS is a 501 (c) (3) Tax-exempt Organization

Run by a Board of Directors Elected Every Two Years
(Term from 2015 – 2017)

Dr. Jon Mandaville
Portland State University, Portland, OR

Jon Mandaville grew up in an oil camp in Saudi Arabia, and attended high school in Beirut, Lebanon. After obtaining his B.A. in history from Dartmouth College in 1959, he pursued graduate studies at the University of Edinburgh and received an M.A. in Islamic studies (1961). He earned his Ph.D. in history and Near Eastern studies from Princeton University, NJ (1969). He is currently Professor Emeritus at Portland State University in the History Department and Middle East Studies Center. As an Ottomanist, his research and publications have focused on the social and legal history of the Middle East since 1500 with special emphasis on the Arab world. He travels throughout the Middle East, most often these days to Saudi Arabia. Each year he teaches an advanced course on the modern history of the Arabian Peninsula, a course on Palestine and Israel, and gives a seminar on the Ottoman Empire from the 14th – 17th centuries.  
Vice President
Dr. Katherine Bullock
University of Toronto at Missassauga, Canada

Katherine Bullock received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto (1999). She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto at Mississauga, President of The Tessellate Institute, a non-profit research institute, and of Compass Books, dedicated to publishing top-quality books about Islam and Muslims in English. She is also the coordinator of the Canadian Certificate in Muslim Studies at Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, Canada. She was the Vice-President of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America (AMSS) from 2007 - 2009; editor of the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS) from 2003 - 2008; and executive director of Education, Media and Community Outreach, for ISNA-Canada from 2003 - 2005. Her teaching focus is political Islam from a global perspective, and her research focuses on Muslims in Canada, their history, contemporary lived experiences, political and civic engagement, debates on the veil, and media representations of Islam and Muslims. Her publications include: Muslim Women Activists in North America: Speaking for Ourselves and Rethinking Muslim Women and the Veil: Challenging Historical and Modern Stereotypes which has been translated into Arabic, French, and Turkish. Originally from Australia, she lives in Oakville, Canada with her husband and children.  She embraced Islam in 1994.

Dr. Gavin Brockett
Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada

Gavin Brockett is an associate professor of Middle East and Islamic history at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada. He also co-coordinates the Muslim Studies Option at Laurier, and he is an associate researcher at the Institut de Recherches et d’Etudes sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman (la Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme) in Aix-en-Provence, France.  He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and the University of Chicago in 2003, and his M.A. from Simon Fraser University in 1995. His primary area of research has been Turkish social history, in particular, a revision of republican history to accommodate the vital place of religion in Turkish culture and society. Along with various articles, he is author of How Happy to Call Oneself a Turk: Provincial Newspapers and the Negotiation of a Muslim National Identity (Texas, 2011); editor of Towards a Social History of Modern Turkey: Essays in Theory and Practice (Libra, 2011); and co-editor of Ottoman and Turkish Labour History (Cambridge, 2010). Presently, he is engaged in a new area of research that is both challenging and very interesting - post World War II International Islam and the role of the Motamar al-Alam al-Islami. He is trying to reconstruct the activities of transnational Muslim organizations and to understand the role of individual participants from a variety of countries.

Dr. Maria Volpe
John Jay College of Criminal Justice at CUNY, NY

Maria R. Volpe is professor of sociology, director of the Dispute Resolution Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice - City University of New York, and director of the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center, a university-wide center focusing on dispute resolution research and innovative program development. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Volpe administers grant-funded projects, mediates conflicts in educational settings, conducts dispute resolution skills training, and facilitates for a wide range of groups. At John Jay College, she has created and facilitated town meetings, cops and kids dialogues, Muslim/Non-Muslim student dialogues, Black Jewish Dialogues, intergenerational dialogues, and Asian American student discussions. Since 9/11, Prof. Volpe initiated the NYC-DR listserv, the monthly NYC-DR Roundtable Breakfast, and a variety of dispute resolution public awareness initiatives. Dr. Volpe’s current research focuses on police use of mediation, conflict resolution in higher education, dispute resolution responses to disasters since 9/11, informal responses to conflict used by immigrants, roots of diversity in the dispute resolution field, and barriers to minority participation in dispute resolution. An internationally known scholar, Dr. Volpe has lectured, researched, and written extensively about dispute resolution processes, particularly mediation, and has been widely recognized for her distinguished career in the field of dispute resolution, including the 2008 Lawrence Cooke Peace Innovator Award; 2008 Network for Peace Recognition; 2010 Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York Achievement Award; 2011 Frontline Champion Award; 2013FamilyKind Recognition, among others. Dr. Volpe is an editorial board member of Conflict Resolution Quarterly Negotiation Journal, and Practical Dispute Resolution; past-president of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution [now the Association for Conflict Resolution]; founder and former president of the New York City Chapter of SPIDR [now ACR GNY]; a member of Global Advisory Board, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies; American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Diversity Committee; and board member of New York Peace Institute, among many others. She received her Ph.D. from New York University where she was an NIMH Fellow.

Assistant Treasurer
Ms. Aila A. Ghori

Aila A. Ghori received her Bachelor of Science degree in Decision and Information Sciences and Accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland in 1999. She also has training in Network Security Administration, SQL Server, security of the OS/390, the programming languages Pascal and Visual Basic, and the operating systems: Unix, Win95, 98, NT, and 2000. Aila is also active with the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), a professional organization for IT Audit professionals that serves as an education foundation to expand the knowledge and value of the IT governance and control field. Aila has been involved with a financial services firm assisting with various audit and accounting functions. Prior to the financial work, she was a member of Marriott International’s Audit team, where she was primarily responsible for conducting internal computer and application controls reviews, as well as identifying risk management issues within the firm. Aila also has consulted with a large accounting firm where she created databases, conducted data analysis, and wrote and conducted test plans for various financial systems. Aila is married with two children and is settled in Virginia. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her kids, reading, and cooking. Aila speaks fluent English, Urdu and Hindi.                                                        

Member at Large
Dr. Shabana Mir
Milikin University, Decatur, IL

Shabana Mir is assistant professor at Millikin University, IL, where she teaches anthropology and is coordinator of the Global Studies program. She has lived, studied, and taught in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Pakistan. She has also taught graduate courses in Qualitative Research Methods and the Social Foundations of Education at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Mir has taught undergraduate courses on diversity in education at Eastern Illinois University and at Indiana University and has done curriculum design for Walden University’s Ph.D. program. At annual workshops in Lahore, she trains Pakistani faculty in research methods. She has taught English as a foreign language to international women students at the International Islamic University (Pakistan). Shabana Mir earned her Ph.D. in education policy studies and anthropology, with a concentration in comparative education, from Indiana University, Bloomington. She received the Outstanding Dissertation Award for her doctoral dissertation from the American Anthropological Association’s Council on Anthropology and Education. She conducted fieldwork, comprising ethnographic interviews and observations, at two universities in the Washington, DC area, as Visiting Researcher at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University. She also has an M.A. in English literature from Punjab University and an M.Phil. in Education from Cambridge University (UK). Dr. Mir has contributed chapters to Educating the Muslims of America, Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality and Muslim Voices in School; she has published, among others, in Discourse, Anthropology & Education Quarterly, Journal of Religion, Anthropology News, Chronicle of Higher Education, and AJISS. She is an international public speaker on religion, gender, and education. She speaks English, Urdu and Punjabi, and some Arabic and Persian. She blogs at

Member at Large
Dr. Maria M. Dakake
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Maria M. Dakake holds a B.A. from Cornell University (1990) and an M.A. (1998) and Ph.D. (2000) in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. She is currently associate professor of religious studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, where she has recently been elected chair of the Religious Studies Department (term to begin in Fall 2013), and is a founding member and director of the interdisciplinary Islamic studies program. Her research interests and publications lie in the fields of Islamic intellectual history, with a particular interest in Shi’ite and Sufi traditions, and in women’s religious experiences. Over the last several years, her work has focused primarily on the Qur’an and the tafsir tradition. She has organized or co-organized international conferences on the Qur’an and Qur’anic interpretation at George Mason University and at Howard Divinity School. Her book, The Charismatic Community: Shi`ite Identity in Early Islam, was published by SUNY Press in 2008. She has just completed work on a major collaborative project to produce the Harper Collins Study Quran, which includes verse-by-verse annotation and extensive commentary on the Qur’anic text, to be published in Spring 2014. She is currently working with Daniel Madigan on a co-edited volume, the Routledge Companion to the Qur’an, and is working independently on a monograph on the concept of religion as a universal phenomenon in the Qur’an and Islamic tradition.

Member at Large
Dr. Aisha Y. Musa
Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Aisha Y. Musa holds a Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University.  She is Assistant Professor of Religion and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Colgate University, in Hamilton, New York.  Her research and teaching interests extend from the early classical period to the present and include Hadith and Sunna, translation of classical Arabic texts, Qur’anic interpretation, women’s issues, Islamic Law, and modern day reformist and neo-traditionalist movements.  Professor Musa is the author of various books and articles, including Hadith as Scripture: Discussions on the Authority of Prophetic Traditions in Islam (Palgrave, 2008), “The Sunnification of Hadith and the Hadithfication of Sunna,” in The Sunna and its Status in Islamic Law (Palgrave, 2015), “Hadith Studies” in The Bloomsbury Companion to Islamic Studies (Continuum, 2013), “The Relationship of al-ma‘qùl and al-manqùl in Mullā Khusraw’s Conceptualization of Sunna” in the Proceedings of International Symposium on Mullā Khusraw (Bursa, Turkey, 2013), “Jizya: Toward a more Quranically based Understanding of a Historically Problematic Term,” in Transcendent Thought  (November, 2011)  Al-Mostafa Center for Islamic Research, Manila, Phillipines., and “The Qur’anists,” Religion Compass 4/1 (2010).

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