Kelly Pemberton

Kelly Pemberton

Kelly Pemberton

Associate Professor of Religion and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Core Faculty


Office Phone: (202) 994-6363

After receiving a BA in French from Vassar College, Kelly Pemberton completed an MA in international studies and religion at the University of Washington and a PhD in religion at Columbia University. Her research covers mysticism, the landscape of religious authority and authorities, and civil society in South Asia and the Middle East, especially as these relate to gender.

She has co-edited a volume of essays, Shared Idioms Sacred Symbols and the Articulation of Identities in South Asia (Routledge 2009), and written a monograph, Women Mystics and Sufi Shrines in the Indian Subcontinent (University of South Carolina Press, 2010). Her work has been published in academic  journals, encyclopedias, and edited volumes. She also consults on projects focusing on the Middle East and Asia for non-profit organizations, government agencies, and private businesses. She is currently working on a book about Islam, gender, and social activism in global perspective.

For more information on Professor Pemberton's work at GW, please visit her personal homepage.

Islam, Hinduism, Sufism, Gender, Civil Society. 

Islam and digital technologies