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 Global Islamic Studies Center, 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 BTAA 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).
Program Coordinator, Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum
Evan Murphy is the DISC Program Coordinator, where he assists with program planning, coordinates with BTAA member institutions and DISC faculty, and provides grant, financial, and administrative support. Prior to joining II/DISC, Evan was a 2012-2013 Fulbright student in Egypt and taught a variety of history and humanities courses in both traditional and online formats. He holds a Bachelor's from Grand Valley State University, a Master's in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona, and is a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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), Global Islamic Studies Center (GISC), Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC) and several other initiatives.
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, Global Islamic Studies Center
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 Global Islamic Studies Center (GISC) at the University of Michigan.