Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Ph.D., Religious Ethics,
The University of Chicago
373 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 gender, emergent technologies, and moral transformation within Islamic and Christian traditions and communities. She is the author of The Islamic Veil: A Beginner’s Guide (Oneworld Publications, 2012) and Creative Conformity (Georgetown University Press, 2011), and co-editor of Ethics in a Time of Globalism (Palgrave, 2012) and Does Human Rights Need God? (Eerdmans, 2005). Bucar is currently working on two new comparative projects. The first, Pious Fashion, argues that through specific clothing choices Muslim women are leveraging the attention put on the public presentation of their bodies to become important local creators, arbiters, and critics of norms and values. 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.
- 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 (Palgrave: New York, 2012).
- Creative Conformity: The Feminist Politics of U.S. Catholic and Iranian Shi‘i Women
(Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2011).
- Does Human Rights Need God? ed. E. Bucar and B. Barnett (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans,
Awards and Honors
- Enhancing Life Fellowship, University of Chicago (USA) and Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany), John Templeton Foundation.
July 2015-August 2018
- Theology of Character Fellowship, Wake Forest University, John Templeton Foundation.
June 2012 – June 2013
- American Association of University Women American Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.
August 2011 – June 2012
- Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs Postdoctoral Fellowship, Georgetown
August 2006 – May 2007