Biography

Edward Curtis’ eleven books on Islam and Muslims in the United States and the African Diaspora have been called  “essential,” “exemplary,” “approachable,” “groundbreaking,” “must-read,” “wonderful,” and “a model of clarity.”  His Muslims in America: A Short History (Oxford, 2009) was named one of the best 100 books of 2009 by Publishers Weekly, and his two-volume Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History was deemed one of the “best reference works of 2010” by Library Journal. Curtis’ most recent book is Muslim American Politics and the Future of U.S. Democracy. In addition to works written for general readers, Curtis has penned scholarly articles for the Journal of American HistoryAmerican Quarterly, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and Religion and American Culture.

Since 9/11 Edward Curtis has lectured in the United States and abroad on the role of Islam and Muslims in U.S. history and contemporary affairs. He has also contributed interviews and articles on the subject to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and the Associated Press, among other media outlets. Curtis also works to help community college instructors and K-12 teachers integrate information about religion and Muslim American history and life into classes across the curriculum.

Curtis is Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts and Professor of Religious Studies at the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. He is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Fulbright Scholar Program, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the American Academy of Religion, and the National Humanities Center. Along with Sylvester Johnson, he is founding co-editor of the Journal of Africana Religions.

Curtis holds a doctorate in religious studies from the University of South Africa, a master’s in history from Washington University, and a B.A. in religion from Kenyon College. He grew up in Southern Illinois.