Dr. Hatem Bazian

ISC Director

Hatem Bazian is a co-founder and Professor of Islamic Law and Theology at Zaytuna College, the 1st Accredited Muslim Liberal Arts College in the United States. In addition, Prof. Bazian is a lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bazian between 2002-2007, also served as an adjunct professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches courses on Islamic Law and Society, Islam in America: Communities and Institutions, De-Constructing Islamophobia and Othering of Islam, Religious Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. In addition to Berkeley, Prof. Bazian served as a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California 2001-2007 and adviser to the Religion, Politics and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley.

Paula Thompson

Research Associate & Co-ordinator

Paula Thompson obtained her B.A in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and her M.A in Islamic Studies from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. Her research interests include Islam, Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), liberation theology/theory, critical race theory, de-colonial studies, civil rights and advocacy.  She has served as the co-ordinator of the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project for five years.

Umer Mahmood

Marketing Director

Umer Mahmood obtained his B.A. in Mass Communication from The Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University in Indiana. He currently is the head of marketing at IRDP and oversees project management on the IRDP medical initiative, islamophobia video series, website blog contributions, marketing, and journal publishing.

Hani Kharufeh

Media Director

Hani Kharufeh is a student at the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently a senior majoring in Economics and Near Eastern Studies with an emphasis on Arabic. Hani has over five years of experience in web and graphic design. Aside from community development, Hani is very passionate about the Palestinian cause and unity in the Muslim world.