department of philosophy

Chafee Hall, Room 230, 142 Flagg Road, Kingston, RI 02881


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Katrin Jomaa

  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Political Science
  • Washburn Hall, Rm 303
  • Phone: 401.874.4056
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Katrin Jomaa is Assistant Professor for Religion and Political Science. Having received her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from Indiana University-Bloomington in May 2012, she joined the Philosophy department in 2013 as one of our cluster hires in Islamic and Mediterranean Studies.

In addition to her interest in Humanities, Dr. Jomaa has a dual passion for science where she received a B.S. in Engineering and M.S. in Applied Materials Science. Her scientific background has informed her study of religion as she employs structural analysis to the understanding of religious texts. In class, she motivates her students to think critically and challenge stereotypical images in order to make their own assessment about contemporary issues. Embodying a mix of Middle Eastern and Western cultures, she tries to foster a spirit of understanding and appreciation of diversity among her students to prepare them for a global world.


Dr. Jomaa’s interdisciplinary research interests include Islamic thought and philosophy, Qur’anic exegesis, as well as classical and modern political philosophy. She focuses on the relationship between religion and politics in the Middle East. Her research method employs analysis of Islamic primary sources to explore key concepts which could be utilized in informing political practice in the Muslim world. During Summer 2014, she spent a month and half in Indonesia doing field research on the relationship between the Indonesian constitution and Islamic law. This field research examines how theoretical and philosophical concepts could be applied in political practice.

Hear Prof. Jomaa’s interviews on recent events in the U.S. and their relationship to conflicts in the Middle East.

    The first (CLICK HERE) is a 2 hour radio discussion on religion, politics, the United States and the Middle East, ISIS, and more. 

The second (CLICK HERE) is a 3 minute appearance on local television


  • Ph.D., Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Indiana University Bloomington, 2012
  • M.A., Middle Eastern Studies, American University of Beirut, 2005
  • M.S., Applied Material Science, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2001
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, American University in Cairo, 1998


Review of Hizbullah’s Documents, by Joseph Elie Alagha. Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies, vol. VII, no. 3. 2014.

Muhammad in History, Thought, and Culture: An Encyclopedia of the Prophet of God, s.v. “Ummī Prophet and the Global Umma.” Editors: Coeli Fitzpatrick and Adam Walker. California: ABC-CLIO Inc., 2014.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women, s.v.“Chastity (‘Iffa).” Editor in chief: Natana Delong-Bas.  N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2013.

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought, s.v. “City.” Editors: Gerhard Bowering, Patricia Crone, Wadad Kadi et al. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2012.

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought, s.v. “Quietism and Activism.” Editors: Gerhard Bowering, Patricia Crone, Wadad Kadi et al. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2012.

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