Department of Political Science and the College
Iza Hussin’s research and teaching focuses upon the construction of Islamic law and transformations in the Muslim state through colonialism and post-coloniality. As such, her scholarly interests and publications occupy the intersection of multiple fields and methods: comparative politics, law and society studies, Islamic studies, and regional studies of the Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Her research, conducted using Arabic, Malay, and English sources, has been supported by the National Science Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Mellon Foundation, and Harvard Law School, among others. Her dissertation, “The Politics of Islamic Law: Elites and Authority in Colonial Malaya, India, and Egypt,” won best dissertation awards from both the American Political Science Association (Walter Dean Burnham Prize in Politics and History) and the International Convention of Asia Scholars (social sciences).
Hussin’s work has been published in a number of edited volumes and journals (such as Law and Social Inquiry), and her book The Politics of Islamic Law is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.
Hussin received her PhD in political science from the University of Washington in 2008, her AM in Middle Eastern studies from Harvard University in 2000, and her AB in social studies from Harvard University in 2000.