I was born and raised in central Pennsylvania. As a teenager, I lived in South India, where my interest in Southern Asia began. After College, I worked for three years to assist Tibetan refugees in India, Afghan refugees in Pakistan, and internally displaced people in Sri Lanka. I have strong interests in Buddhist arts, Islamic social thought, soccer, and squash.
B.A. (1985) Philosophy, Haverford College; M.A. (1989) Political Science, Columbia University; M.Phil. (1992), Political Science, Columbia University; Ph.D. (1996) Political Science,Columbia University
Co-Founder and Advisor, Center for Religious and Community Studies, based in Surabaya Indonesia, 2005-present; Visiting Professor, Airlangga University, Surabaya Indonesia, 2005; Principal Advisor, Federal Advisory Committee on Labor Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State, 2003-2004;
Trade Specialist, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives, 2002; Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1996-1999; Assistant, Secretary of Committee on Political and Security Affairs, United Nations Organization, 1986-1987
Politics and Political Economy of South and Southeast Asia, particularly India, Indonesia, and Pakistan; International and Comparative Labor Politics; Islamic Welfare Associations; Islam and Reproductive Health; Islamic Education
My aim is to explain the motivations and operations of the Islamic social sector in Pakistan, with attention to ways that governmental agencies and departments and non-governmental organizations can aid human development and human security in Pakistan without undermining the legitimacy of their Pakistani partners. I aim to explain how the Islamic social sector works through charities, corporations, societies, trusts, and unregistered associations, such as kidmat committees, to promote human development and human security.