Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Ph.D., 2006, Religious Ethics,
The University of Chicago
371 Holmes Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
- HONR 1209: The Islamic Veil: Islam, Gender and the Politics of Dress
- REL 1280: Encountering Islam
- REL 1271: Sex in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Resume / CV
Elizabeth Bucar is a religious ethicist who studies sexuality, gender, and moral transformation within Islamic and Christian traditions and communities. At Northeastern she teaches courses on sexual ethics, Islam, the politics of the veil, and the popular comparative religion program in Spain that includes a 150-mile hike on the Camino. She is currently working on two research projects. The first, Stealing My Religion, uses the topic of religious appropriation—when religious practices, material objects, or beliefs are adopted by non-believers—as an entry point into a conversation about the ethical implications behind the practice and diagnosis of cultural appropriation more broadly. The second, The Good of Ambiguous Bodies, explores the criteria by which religious authorities judge forms of body modification as enhancements or violations of human life through a concrete and comparative case study.
- Pious Fashion: How Muslim Women Dress (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017).
• Washington Post (2017). (R. Givhan)
• Christian Century (2017). (E. Palmer)
• Times Higher Education Supplement (2017). (R. Lewis)
• Publishers Weekly-starred review (2017)
• Subject of segment on radio broadcast, Blueprint for Living (2017). (J. Green)
• Subject of segment on podcast, Conversations with Creative Women (2017). (S. Klein).
- The Islamic Veil: A Beginner’s Guide (Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2012).
- Religious Ethics in a Time of Globalism: Shaping a Third Wave of Comparative Analysis, ed.
E. Bucar and A. Stalnaker (New York: Palgrave, 2012).
• Religious Studies Review 42.3 (2016): 198 (B. Brelle).
• Subject of panel sponsored by Comparative Religious Ethics Group at the Society of Christian Ethics, January 2015.
- Creative Conformity: The Feminist Politics of U.S. Catholic and Iranian Shi‘i Women
(Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2011).
• Journal for the Society of Christian Ethics (forthcoming).
• Religious Studies Review 39:4 (2013).
• Review of Middle East Studies 47:1 (2013).
• Theological Studies 73:1 (2012).
• Theological Book Review 24:2 (2012).
• Journal of Interdisciplinary Feminist Thought 6:1 (2012).
• Tehran Review (May 2011).
• CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (Dec. 2011).
• Conscience: The Newsjournal of Catholic Opinion 32:3 (2011).
- Does Human Rights Need God? ed. E. Bucar and B. Barnett (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans,
• Theological Studies 67:4 (2006)
• CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 43:5 (2006).
• Studies in Christian Ethics 20:1 (2007).
Awards and Honors
Fellowships and Awards
- Senior Fellow “Religion and Its Publics,” Luce funded University of Virginia Research Project
Sept. 2016 – June 2019
PIs: Charles Mathewes and Paul Dafydd Jones, University of Virginia
Total grant: $1,000,000
- PI, Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs Grant
Sept. 2016 – May 2018
Course development, faculty collaboration, and regional workshop ($60,000).
- Enhancing Life Early Career Fellowship, University of Chicago, John Templeton Foundation
July 2015 – August 2017
Course buyouts and summer salary ($50,000).
- Theology of Character Fellowship, Wake Forest University, John Templeton Foundation.
June 2012 – June 2013
Research and travel support, summer salary, and one course buyout ($57,000).
- American Association of University Women American Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.
August 2011 – June 2012
Course buyouts for one academic year and travel support ($35,000).
- Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs Postdoctoral Fellowship, Georgetown
August 2006 – May 2007
Salary for one academic year and travel support ($49,000).
- 2016 Peer Mentoring Grant ($3,000)
- 2015 Humanities Center Research Fellow, Northeastern (course release).
- 2015 Honors Portz Award, recognition of a faculty member who made significant
contributions to the Honors Program during the academic year, Northeastern.
- 2015 University Honors Faculty Fellow ($1,500).
- 2014 Humanities Center Collaborative Research Cluster, Northeastern ($2,000).
- 2013 CSSH Research Development Grant, Northeastern ($5,000).
- 2011 Dean’s Match to AAUW travel funds, UNCG ($5,000).
- 2011 Kohler International Travel Award for Turkey, UNCG ($1,000).
- 2011 Linda Arnold Carlisle Research Grant, Women’s and Gender Studies, UNCG
- 2011 Proposal Preparation Fellowship, UNCG ($3,000).
- 2011 Regular Faculty Grant, UNCG ($5,000).
- 2011 Scholars’ Travel Fund, UNCG ($500).
- 2010 Kohler International Travel Award for Indonesia, UNCG ($1,000).
- Nominee for NEH Summer Stipend.
- 2010 Scholars’ Travel Fund, UNCG ($500).
- 2010 Summer Faculty Excellence Award, UNCG ($5,000).
- 2009 Course Development Grant, Honors College, UNCG ($3,000).
- 2009 Summer Faculty Excellence Award, UNCG ($5,000).
- 2008 Kohler International Travel Award for Italy, UNCG ($1,000).
- 2008 New Faculty Award, UNCG ($5,000).
- 2008 Nominee for the Carnegie Scholar Program in Islamic Studies.
- 2008 Nominee for NEH Summer Stipend.
- 2008 Summer Faculty Excellence Award, UNCG ($5,000).
- 2007 Nominee for the Carnegie Scholar Program in Islamic Studies.
- 2007 Scholars’ Travel Fund, UNCG ($350).
- 2005 Dissertation Writing Fellowship, The Center for Gender Studies, University of Chicago ($15,000).
- 2005 Foreign Language Enhancement Scholarship for Persian, Committee on Institutional
Cooperation, Summer ($2,200).
- 2005 Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship for Persian, Ohio State University,
- 2004 Martin Marty Center Dissertation Fellowship, University of Chicago ($15,000).
- 2004 J. Coert Rylaarsdam Prize for Interfaith Relations, University of Chicago.
- 2004 Human Rights Internship Grant for Summer Research in Tehran, Iran, University of
- 2002 Wabash Fellow, University of Chicago ($1,500).
- 2002 Fellowship for the Study of Intensive Arabic, Middlebury College, Vermont, Summer ($3,600).
- 2001-2003 Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship for Arabic, term-time and Summer
- 2000 Delegate, University of Chicago Human Rights Delegation to Cuba and Guatemala.