Elora Shehabuddin

Elora Shehabuddin is Professor of Transnational Asian Studies and Core Faculty in the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She received her A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University and Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University.

Professor Shehabuddin is the author of Sisters in the Mirror: A History of Muslim Women and the Global Politics of Feminism (University of California Press, 2021), Reshaping the Holy: Democracy, Development, and Muslim Women in Bangladesh (Columbia University Press, 2008), and Empowering Rural Women: The Impact of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh (Grameen Bank, 1992). She has published articles in Modern Asian StudiesSigns: Journal of Women in Culture and SocietyJournal of Women's HistorySüdasien-Chronik [South Asia Chronicle], Journal of Bangladesh Studies, and Asian Survey, as well as chapters in numerous edited volumes. She co-edited a special issue of Feminist Economics on “Gender and Economics in Muslim Communities.” 

Professor Shehabuddin has received many fellowships, including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the Social Science Research Council, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. She has been selected as a Carnegie Scholar and as a Research Associate in the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at the Divinity School at Harvard University. Her doctoral dissertation was awarded the American Political Science Association’s Aaron Wildavsky Dissertation Award for best dissertation in Religion and Politics.

Professor Shehabuddin currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Bangladesh Studies, as an Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (Brill), on the Advisory Committee of the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School, and as an elected member of the South Asia Council in the Association for Asian Studies.


Sisters in the Mirror: A History of Muslim Women and the Global Politics of Feminism
Elora Shehabuddin

Reshaping the Holy: Development, Democracy, and Muslim Women in Bangladesh
Elora Shehabuddin

Empowering Rural Women: The Impact of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh
Elora Shehabuddin


Gender and Economics in Muslim Communities: Critical Feminist and Postcolonial Analyses
Ebru Kongar, Jennifer C. Olmsted, and Elora Shehabuddin (editors)

Women and Islamic Cultures: Disciplinary Paradigms and Approaches, 2003–2013
Suad Joseph, Marilyn L. Booth, Bahar Davary, Hoda El Sadda, Sarah Gualtieri, Vriginia Hooker, Therese Saliba, and Elora Shehabuddin (editors)


Ph. D., Princeton University

B. A. Magna cum Laude in Social Studies, Harvard University


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