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Andrea Stanton

  • Andrea Stanton

    Andrea L Stanton

Associate Professor & Department Chair

Sturm 272

Phone: 303-871-3503
Twitter: andrealstanton


PhD, Columbia University, Middle Eastern History
MA, Columbia University, Middle Eastern History
BA, Williams College, Religion and History

Areas of expertise/Research interests

  • Islamic Studies
  • Middle Eastern History
  • Media and Politics
  • Nationalism and Sovereignty

Current research and projects

Dr. Stanton is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, focusing on twentieth and twenty-first century Islam in the Middle East and around the world. Her research focuses on media and religious identity, and investigates the relationships between new technologies and claims to religious authority, as well as state authority. She has published extensively on Arabic-language radio broadcasting in the Middle East during the mid-twentieth-century. She has published on the incorporation of sound into histories and other analyses of the Middle East, including a roundtable organized with Carole Woodall (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs), and published in the International Journal of Middle East Studies.

She also publishes extensively in the area of digital religion, focusing on the use of emoticons in conservative Muslim online spaces and the debates they engender about morality and religious authority. Her most recent work in this area looks at religious apps developed around the hajj, as well as apps devoted to other aspects of Mecca and Muslim piety.

Her teaching interests include Qur'anic studies, contemporary fundamentalisms, globalization and its impact on religious identity and practice, gender and Muslim practice, and embodied practice and notions of piety, as well as the Internet and social media's evolving impact in these areas. Interested in Islamic studies? Check out the University of Denver's "Islamic Studies" library research guide .

Dr. Andrea Stanton eats lunch with students

In 2019, Professor Stanton received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant with two co-investigators, to direct a NEH Summer Seminar for Higher Education Faculty at the University of Denver on radio and decolonization. The seminar was originally scheduled for July 2020 and rescheduled for Summer 2021.

In 2015, Stanton served as co-investigator on a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, directing a NEH Summer Institute for Teachers held at the University of Denver, "Teaching Connected Histories of the Mediterranean", in July 2015 with Susan Douglass (Georgetown University).

Stanton serves as co-investigator on an international research team for a three-year project titled "Connecting the Wireless World: Writing Global Radio History", funded by the Leverhulme Trust and directed by Dr. Simon Potter (Bristol University, UK). The team's June 2018 research workshop took place in Denver.

In October 2012, Professor Stanton received a Regional Development Grant from the American Academy of Religion. The grant underwrote a one-day conference, held at the University of Denver in June 2013, on "Religion in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains."

Stanton has also received two United States Institute of Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding grants, focusing on religion and peacebuilding.



Professor Stanton is a proud mother of twins, loves biking around Denver and hiking in the mountains, and can often be found attending DU talks and other events. She is always happy to have students stop by.

Professional biography

Professor Stanton graduated magna cum laude from Williams College with a double major in Religion and History. She obtained her MA and PhD from Columbia University, with a focus on Middle Eastern history.

At DU, Professor Stanton serves as Chair of the Religious Studies Department and as liaison for its Theta Alpha Kappa chapter. She serves on DU's Impact 2025 Steering Committee and on University's Graduate Council. She serves on the Boards of Theta Alpha Kappa and of the Syrian Studies Association. She has reviewed book manuscripts for numerous university presses and article manuscripts for numerous journals.

Professor Stanton is an affiliated faculty member with the Center for Middle East Studies and the Conflict Resolution Institute at the University's Korbel School of International Studies

In the news

Religious Studies faculty members are often contacted by journalists to provide expert commentary on contemporary issues and news events. Professor Stanton's most recent television interviews are with CNN and Rudaw English, as well as a November 2015 story by CCTV America on the rise of Islamophobia in the United States in the wake of the ISIS attacks in Paris. 

Professor Stanton provided analysis and background information for the Des Moines Register in a September 2012 story about the 2012 Presidential election. She also provided background information about the emergence of Shii houses of worship in the US for an October 2012 story about Shii Muslims in the United States, which was published in the Washington Post and in syndication. After the March 2013 papal conclave, she provided historical context for the relationship between St Francis of Assisi and the Ayyubid sultan.

As one of the few US scholars to have spent considerable time living in Syria, Stanton has also provided commentary on the current Syria crisis. Earlier examples include an article by Canadian journalist William Marsden on the "Pandora's box" of potential US airstrikes on Syria and an Associated Press story by New York Times writer Ben Hubbard that looked at the video game "Endgame: Syria".


Professor Stanton has published articles in various scholarly journals and chapters in several book collections. Recent chapters include a survey of mawlid celebrations around the contemporary Middle East, (in  Identity Discourses and Communities in International Events, Festivals, and Spectacles , Palgrave 2015), a study of Moustapha Akkad's seminal film The Message and its impact on American Muslims (in Muslims in American Popular Culture , Praeger 2013), and an assessment on Islamic emoticons and their role in fostering a pious sociability among members of online Muslim communities ( Internet and Emotions , Routledge 2013).

Her first book, This is Jerusalem Calling: State Radio in Mandate Palestine , was published by the University of Texas Press in September 2013. It was reviewed in the International Journal of Middle East Studies in August 2014.

Stanton has also been involved since 2014 with efforts to assist displaced and refugee Syrian students in higher education. Her latest work on this critical issue can be found in the Institute of International Education's August 2016 report,  Supporting Displaced and Refugee Students in Higher Education

Stanton also writes blog posts on contemporary issues relating to Islam and Muslim communities for Political Theology Today. Recent pieces include an analysis of the contentious issue of Ramadan resolutions in the US House of Representatives.