PhD Candidate

Erin Atwell is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology and Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. She holds an MA in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School, an MA in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University, and a BA in International Studies from Loyola University Chicago.  Erin has a background in the humanitarian aid industry in Egypt, Iraq, Turkey and Palestine.  Her research examines the affordances of the Islamic ethical tradition in its entanglements with humanitarian reason through a textual and ethnographic study of preaching in Cairo, Egypt.