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    Meet the Team

       

     
       
    Sanders  

    Paula Sanders

    Director

    Paula Sanders is Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of History. A historian of the medieval Islamic world, she focuses in particular on the history of the Fatimid dynasty and its legacy, the history of Jewish communities in the lands of Islam in the middle ages, and the history of Cairo. She joined the Institute in July 2015.

    Office: BRC, Room 1025

    Phone: 713-348-5923

    Email: sanders@rice.edu
       
       
       
    Jamal  

    Zahra Jamal

    Associate Director

    Zahra Jamal has taught at Harvard, MIT, University of Chicago, Michigan State University (MSU), and Palmer Trinity, a college preparatory school. She founded and directed the Civil Islam Initiative at University of Chicago and the Central Asia and International Development Initiative at MSU. She has consulted for the UN, State Department, Aga Khan Development Network, Swiss Development Cooperation, and Aspen Institute. Dr. Jamal received a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard, and double B.A. in Slavic Studies and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from Rice. She joined the Institute in July 2015.

    Office: Fondren Library, Room 508

    Phone: 713-348-2222

    Email: zahra@rice.edu
       
       
       
    Gayle Pagnoni
     

    Gayle Pagnoni

    Program Director

    Gayle Lasater Pagnoni has taught in secondary and tertiary education for over a decade, and holds a doctorate in Religion from the University of Florida.  Specializing in western hemispheric religion and globalization, her focus is on monotheism and in particular, Christian diversity, including a uniquely American variety - the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  She joined the Institute in August 2016. 

    Office: Fondren LIbrary, Room 507

    Phone: 713-348-2748

    Email: pagnoni@rice.edu

      
       
      

     


    Kate Eubanks

    Department Coordinator

    Kate Eubanks is the coordinator for the Boniuk Institute. She has spent the last ten years working in the performing arts and university settings in a variety of capacities from development to production to admnistration. She has a master's degree in Public History and an undergraduate degree in Psychology.  She joined the Institute in June 2016.

    Office: Fondren Library, Room 420

    Phone: 713-348-4536

    Email: keubanks@rice.edu