Dr. Celene Ibrahim is an accomplished scholar, author, chaplain, lecturer, teacher, and consultant. She is widely published on academic forums, and her contributions to enhancing cultural and religious literacy have been featured by numerous media outlets from The New York Times to BBC Persian. She is the editor of One Nation, Indivisible: Seeking Liberty and Justice from the Pulpit to the Streets (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2019). Her current book project examines female figures in the Qur'an (forthcoming in 2020 from Oxford University Press). 


Ibrahim is a public voice on issues of religious pluralism and civic engagement. She teaches religious studies and philosophy on the faculty of Groton School and served as the Muslim Chaplain at Tufts University from 2014–2019. Previously, she held a joint faculty appointment as Islamic Studies Scholar-in-Residence from 2014–2017 at Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School where she co-directed the Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE) and was a faculty associate of the Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center for Interreligious Learning and Leadership. Ibrahim lectures widely and has offered courses in Islamic studies at the Boston Islamic Seminary and at Hartford Seminary. She was also a lecturer in the department of Religious and Theological Studies at Merrimack College from 2011–2014 and was a faculty affiliate at the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations.


Dr. Ibrahim earned a PhD in Arabic and Islamic Civilizations and a master's degree in women's and gender studies and Near Eastern and Judaic studies from Brandeis University. She earned an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School and completed her bachelor's degree in Near Eastern studies with highest honors from Princeton University. She is a graduate of the United World College of the American West.


Dr. Ibrahim's pioneering scholarship and service have earned her several dozen awards and honors, including as a Harvard Presidential Scholar, an Andrew A. Mellon Fellow, a Fellow in the Program on Religion, Diplomacy and International Relations at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, an HRH Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Fellow in Non-Profit Management and Philanthropy at the Islamic Society of North America, and a Davis Scholar at Princeton University and the United World College.


Dr. Ibrahim is deeply committed to counteracting bigotry and fostering values of pluralism and civic responsibility. She has served on several boards and scholarship committees, including the Princeton Alumni Schools Committee, the Islamic Scholarship Fund, and the Harvard Divinity School Alumni/ae Council. She currently serves on the boards of Convergence on Campus, the Feminist Studies in Religion Forum, and the United World College U.S. Selection Committee. She is a member of several academic working groups, including the Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care unit of the American Academy of Religion. 


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