Dr. Khalil's recent large research project studied the politics of American Islam through in-depth research on Islamic higher education institutes and religious clerics, or imams, in the US. Her project argued and ethnographically depicted how bureaucratic policies, such as visa offerings and approval, and state-led higher education degree-granting authority, can shape how decentralized religions regulate, credential, and recognize their religious leaders and institutions in the United States. Ultimately, it calls for a closer look at bureaucracy as a localizer and definer of religion.
Core Faculty: Program in Arab and Muslim American Studies (AMAS)
Faculty Affiliate: Pluralism Project, Harvard University
Board Member: Pillars Fund