The Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the University of Michigan as an initiative of the Islamic Studies Program, a member of the International Institute. At the University of Michigan, DISC is administered by a director and supported by an administrator. The program is further assisted by faculty liaisons and student interns at other CIC institutions. Visit the list of faculty liaisons for individual campus contacts.
Director, Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum
Pauline Jones’ scholarly work contributes broadly to the study of institutional origin, change, and impact in a wide variety of settings: newly emergent states with multiple competing subnational identities, states transitioning from planned to market economies, states rich in natural resources, and states with predominantly Muslim populations. Professor Jones is currently director of the University of Michigan International Institute, as well as the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC).
Project Coordinator, Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum
Ariel Mallett holds a BA in anthropology and Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish and Islamic studies from U-M, and joined the Weiser Center staff in September of 2015. During her undergraduate studies, Ariel worked, studied, and volunteered in 14 countries across 6 continents and is proficient in Spanish, Arabic and English. Currently, she is pursuing her MA in Higher Education with a focus on International Education. She administers the DISC program, coordinating digital education with partner institutions in the Big Ten Academic Alliance.
Social Media and Communications Intern
Meghan Hough is a junior in the school of Literature, Science and the Arts. She is majoring in International Studies and Near Eastern Studies, with a focus on Islamic Studies. Outside of her studies, she is an active member of the Michigan Marching Band. Meghan is interested in working with DISC because of her passion for Islamic Studies. DISC provides a unique opportunity to connect with other students and faculty from across the country, and she is very interested in getting to meet, learn from, as well as learn about, these other students and resources. Currently, she supports DISC as our Social Media and Communications Intern.
Administrative Assistant, Weiser Centers
Samiah Haque serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Weiser Centers. Previously, she supported the International Institute's IKHLAS Research Initiative and was a coordinator for the Islamic Studies Program's Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies Seminar Series. She is a former Zell Fellow in Poetry and received her Master's in Fine Arts degree in Poetry from the University of Michigan's Helen Zell Writers' Program, where she was a recipient of the 2014 Hopwood Theodore Roethke Prize for Long Poem or Poetic Sequence. She is currently at work on her first novel, and is completing her poetry manuscript, titled The Black Stone.
Interim Programmer, Islamic Studies Program
Samuel Kigar is a Ph.D. candidate in the Islamic studies track of Duke University's Graduate Program in Religion. His research areas include Islam in the Maghreb, modern Muslim thought, pre-modern Muslim political philosophy, and religion and law. He is currently writing a dissertation entitled, "Islamic Land: Muslim Genealogies of Territorial Sovereignty in Modern Morocco, 1930-1990.” Sam serves as the interim programmer for the Islamic Studies Program.
Communications Manager, International Institute
Rachel Brichta is manager of communications at the University of Michigan International Institute. She provides marketing and publicity support to the DISC project by planning, preparing, and disseminating publicity and information for events and other activities.
Director, Islamic Studies Program
Karla Mallette studies communications between literary traditions in the medieval Mediterranean—especially Arabic and the Romance vernaculars—and the way that we remember that history today. A professor of Italian and Near Eastern studies, she has published essays on medieval translations of Aristotelian philosophy, framed narratives, European Orientalism, and Mediterranean studies, in addition to Italian literature. Professor Mallette is director of the Islamic Studies Program at the University of Michigan.