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Professor of Religion

Liz Bucar is a religious ethicist who studies sexuality, gender, and moral transformation within Islamic and Christian traditions and communities. She is author of three books, including the award-winning Pious Fashion: How Muslim Women Dress (Harvard University Press, 2017). At Northeastern Bucar teaches courses on sexual ethics, Islam, the politics of the veil, and the popular comparative religion program in Spain that includes a 150-mile hike on the Camino. Her public scholarship has appeared in The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, and Teen Vogue. Bucar is PI of Sacred Writes: Public Scholarship on Religion, a Luce funded project that provides support, resources, and networks for scholars of religion committed to translating the significance of their research to a broader audience.

Fellowships and Awards

External

  • Senior Fellow “Religion and Its Publics,” Luce funded University of Virginia Research Project
    Sept. 2016 – June 2019
    PIs: Charles Mathewes and Paul Dafydd Jones, University of Virginia
    Total grant: $1,000,000
  • PI, Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs Grant
    Sept. 2016 – May 2018
    Course development, faculty collaboration, and regional workshop ($60,000).
  • Enhancing Life Early Career Fellowship, University of Chicago, John Templeton Foundation
    July 2015 – August 2017
    Course buyouts and summer salary ($50,000).
  • Theology of Character Fellowship, Wake Forest University, John Templeton Foundation.
    June 2012 – June 2013
    Research and travel support, summer salary, and one course buyout ($57,000).
  • American Association of University Women American Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.
    August 2011 – June 2012
    Course buyouts for one academic year and travel support ($35,000).
  • Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs Postdoctoral Fellowship, Georgetown
    University.
    August 2006 – May 2007
    Salary for one academic year and travel support ($49,000).

Internal

  • 2016 Peer Mentoring Grant ($3,000)
  • 2015 Humanities Center Research Fellow, Northeastern (course release).
  • 2015 Honors Portz Award, recognition of a faculty member who made significant
    contributions to the Honors Program during the academic year, Northeastern.
  • 2015 University Honors Faculty Fellow ($1,500).
  • 2014 Humanities Center Collaborative Research Cluster, Northeastern ($2,000).
  • 2013 CSSH Research Development Grant, Northeastern ($5,000).
  • 2011 Dean’s Match to AAUW travel funds, UNCG ($5,000).
  • 2011 Kohler International Travel Award for Turkey, UNCG ($1,000).
  • 2011 Linda Arnold Carlisle Research Grant, Women’s and Gender Studies, UNCG
    ($1,000).
  • 2011 Proposal Preparation Fellowship, UNCG ($3,000).
  • 2011 Regular Faculty Grant, UNCG ($5,000).
  • 2011 Scholars’ Travel Fund, UNCG ($500).
  • 2010 Kohler International Travel Award for Indonesia, UNCG ($1,000).
  • Nominee for NEH Summer Stipend.
  • 2010 Scholars’ Travel Fund, UNCG ($500).
  • 2010 Summer Faculty Excellence Award, UNCG ($5,000).
  • 2009 Course Development Grant, Honors College, UNCG ($3,000).
  • 2009 Summer Faculty Excellence Award, UNCG ($5,000).
  • 2008 Kohler International Travel Award for Italy, UNCG ($1,000).
  • 2008 New Faculty Award, UNCG ($5,000).
  • 2008 Nominee for the Carnegie Scholar Program in Islamic Studies.
  • 2008 Nominee for NEH Summer Stipend.
  • 2008 Summer Faculty Excellence Award, UNCG ($5,000).
  • 2007 Nominee for the Carnegie Scholar Program in Islamic Studies.
  • 2007 Scholars’ Travel Fund, UNCG ($350).
  • 2005 Dissertation Writing Fellowship, The Center for Gender Studies, University of Chicago ($15,000).
  • 2005 Foreign Language Enhancement Scholarship for Persian, Committee on Institutional
    Cooperation, Summer ($2,200).
  • 2005 Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship for Persian, Ohio State University,
    Summer ($3,600).
  • 2004 Martin Marty Center Dissertation Fellowship, University of Chicago ($15,000).
  • 2004 J. Coert Rylaarsdam Prize for Interfaith Relations, University of Chicago.
  • 2004 Human Rights Internship Grant for Summer Research in Tehran, Iran, University of
    Chicago ($5,000).
  • 2002 Wabash Fellow, University of Chicago ($1,500).
  • 2002 Fellowship for the Study of Intensive Arabic, Middlebury College, Vermont, Summer ($3,600).
  • 2001-2003 Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship for Arabic, term-time and Summer
    ($43,000).
  • 2000 Delegate, University of Chicago Human Rights Delegation to Cuba and Guatemala.

Pious Fashion: How Muslim Women Dress (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017).

The Islamic Veil: A Beginner’s Guide (Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2012).

Religious Ethics in a Time of Globalism: Shaping a Third Wave of Comparative Analysis, ed.
E. Bucar and A. Stalnaker (New York: Palgrave, 2012).

Creative Conformity: The Feminist Politics of U.S. Catholic and Iranian Shi‘i Women
(Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2011).

Does Human Rights Need God? ed. E. Bucar and B. Barnett (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans,
2005).

Courses

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