Kirsten M. Wesselhoeft

Associate Professor of Religion
Kirsten M. Wesselhoeft wearing a black jacket and blue patterned scarf with trees in the background.

Kirsten Wesselhoeft is Assistant Professor of Religion, and is affiliated with the programs in Africana Studies and Women’s Studies. She is an ethnographer of ethics and social change in the Islamic tradition. Professor Wesselhoeft teaches courses on Islamic studies, religion and the social sciences, Muslim ethics, and gender and religion. She is currently preparing a book manuscript on Muslim education, social activism, and intellectual culture in greater Paris. This project investigates the ways in which contemporary French Muslims are working to transform their faith communities and their society through practices of learning, teaching, and social engagement. Her articles and essays have been published in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, the Journal of Religious Ethics, and the Oxford Review of Education. She received her BA from Willamette University, her MTS from Harvard Divinity School, and her PhD from the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University.

BA, Willamette University; MTS, PhD, Harvard University
At Vassar since 2016


Blodgett Hall
Box 208


RELI 150 - Jews, Christians, and Muslims

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The Mellon Foundation-funded Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education (CFMDE) responds to the ongoing global challenges posed by forced migration, through curriculum development, sponsoring collaborative research, and supporting displaced scholars across four college campuses: Vassar, Bard, Bennington, Sarah Lawrence, and The New School. This past year Vassar successfully launched its new signature program, the Digital Scholars Teaching Fellowship program, which pairs displaced scholars (teaching virtually) with Vassar faculty members (teaching in person).


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