Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5320 USA
- Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2012
- Anthropology of religion
- Islam and secularism
- Immigration and globalization
- Religion and race
- Islam in America
Dr. Alisa Perkins is an assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Religion and is an affiliated faculty member of the global and international studies program at Western Michigan University.
Perkins' current research project is an ethnographic study of Muslim American civic engagement in the Detroit-metro area. Her dissertation research was carried out in Hamtramck, Mich., with the support of grants from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the National Science Foundation, and the PEO.
Before beginning her work on Islam in America, Perkins' research interests centered on women and gender in Muslim-majority societies, culminating in her master's level work on women’s education and family law in Morocco (this project was supported by a Fulbright grant).