Rosemary R. Corbett

Faculty Fellow, Bard Prison Initiative

Rosemary Corbett


Rosemary R. Corbett, New York, is a Faculty Fellow with the Bard Prison Initiative and has a PhD in Religion from Columbia University with a focus on Islam in the United States. She has previously held positions as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for the Humanities at Tufts University; a Young Scholar in American Religion with the Center for the Study of American Religion at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis; and a Visiting Scholar at the Columbia University Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life. Her research involves examining how racial and religious minority communities navigate institutionalized racism and Protestant bias by forming shifting alliances around political and economic issues. Her first book, Making Moderate Islam: Sufism, Service, and the “Ground Zero Mosque” Controversy (Stanford, 2017), exemplified this approach, while her co-edited collection, Sufi Politics: Rethinking Islam, Scholarship, and the State in South Asia and Beyond (with Katherine Pratt Ewing, forthcoming from Columbia University Press) explores the ways promoting certain kinds of religion works as an international exercise of soft power, among other things. In addition to pieces in several edited volumes, her publications appear (under the names of Rosemary R. Corbett and Rosemary R. Hicks) in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the journal Religion, The Journal of Islamic Law and Culture, American Quarterly, Comparative Islamic Studies, the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, and elsewhere.