department of political science

206 Washburn Hall, 80 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881


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Katrin Jomaa

  • Assistant Professor
  • Washburn Hall, Rm 303
  • Phone: 401.874.4056
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Katrin Jomaa  joined the Political Science Department in the Fall of 2013. She is a faculty member with a joint appointment in the Departments of Political Science and Philosophy. Her interdisciplinary research interests encompass classical and modern political philosophy, as well as Islamic thought and Qur’anic exegesis. Prof. Jomaa focuses on the relationship between politics and religion in the Middle East. Her research method employs analysis of Islamic primary sources to explore key concepts which could be utilized in constructing modern Islamic political theory.

In addition to her interest in politics and religion, Prof. Jomaa has a dual passion for science where she received two degrees in Engineering and applied Materials science. Her scientific background has informed her teaching method and research with a more structural and analytical base. 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.

Prof. Jomaa teaching interests include Politics of the Middle East, Islamic Political Thought, Political Philosophy, Islam and Democracy, Religion & State as well as Introduction to Islam, Islam & Modernity, and Quranic Studies and Exegesis.


Classical and modern political philosophy, as well as Islamic thought and Qur’anic exegesis;  focus on relationship between politics and religion in the Middle East


  • Ph.D., Indiana University, 2012
  • M.A., Middle Eastern Studies, American University of Beirut, 2005
  • M.S., Applied Material Science, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2001
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, American University in Cairo, 1998

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