Administration

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.

Staff

Pauline Jones : Director, Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum

Pauline Jones

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).

pjluong@umich.edu
Open Position : Project Coordinator, Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum

Open Position

Project Coordinator, Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum

digital.islam@umich.edu
Nataša Gruden-Alajbegović : Manager, Global Projects

Nataša Gruden-Alajbegović

Manager, Global Projects

Nataša Gruden-Alajbegović is the Manager of Global Projects Cluster at the University of Michigan's International Institute. As manager she provides the overall administration of programs and initiatives working closely with faculty and program coordinators in the Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS), Donia Human Rights Center (DHRC), Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS), Islamic Studies Program (ISP), Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC) and several other initiatives.

nalajbeg@umich.edu
Rachel Brichta : Communications Manager, International Institute

Rachel Brichta

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.

rfacey@umich.edu
Karla Mallette : Director, Islamic Studies Program

Karla Mallette

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.

alrak@umich.edu
Jamie McGowen : Big Ten Academic Alliance

Jamie McGowen

Big Ten Academic Alliance

Big Ten Academic Alliance Program Specialist

jamie.mcgowan@btaa.org