Asma Barlas

Professor Emerita, Politics
School: School of Humanities and Sciences


Awards, Honors, Fellowships

*Ithaca College Faculty Excellence Award, 2019.

Ithaca College Summer Research Grants: 2018, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1997, 1995, 1993; Small Grants: 1995-2001; 1992-93.

State University of New York award to teach in the NY-St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2013.

Visiting Scholar, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, Theology and Religious Studies Department and Gender Studies. October 24-November 1, 2009.

Spinoza Chair in Philosophy, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Spring, 2008.

Visiting Fellow, International Center for Islam and Pluralism (ICIP), Jakarta, Indonesia. June 16-July 3, 2005.

“Believing Women” in Islam nominated for the Grawemeyer Award in Religion, 2019; 2009; 2005.

Fellow, Oxford Roundtable, “The Role of the State in Religion,” Oxford, U.K., August 5-12, 2005.

Fellow, Salzburg Seminar, “Strengthening Democracy and Governance: Women and Political Power,” Salzburg, Austria. 26 April- 3 May, 2004.

Woman of Distinction, New York State, District: John R. Kuhl, Jr., 2003.

American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS), Post-doctoral Fellowship, 1998-99.

Graduated with a GPA of 4.0. Dissertation passed with distinction; nominated for the Gabriel Almond Award, American Political Science Associ­ation in Comparative Politics, 1990.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship for Ph.D., 1989.

Teaching Grant, Ford Foundation, University of Denver, 1988.

Ben Cherrington Fellowship, University of Denver, 1985-86.

Robert Anderson Fellowship, University of Denver, 1984.

Reham al-Farra Journalists Fellowship, United Nations, New York, 1983.

First Position, Seventh Foreign Service Officers Training Course in International Relations and Diplomacy, Administrative Staff College, Pakistan, 1976.

First Position (gold medalist) in the University of the Punjab, Pakistan, 1971.

Department of Journalism Fellowship, Punjab, Pakistan, 1969-71.

*Acceptance Comments. Faculty Excellence Award, May 14, 2019.

Thank you very much for this award; I'm relieved it isn't the Hell Raiser's Lifetime Achievement prize since that’s not how I’d like to be remembered. I’m very grateful for your recognition especially since I work alongside many stellar teachers, scholars, and campus and community leaders who are deserving of it as well.

Teaching was my third career and I came to it rather late in life. In fact, I was 41 when I joined IC as an assistant professor. But, I’ve appreciated it the most even though the process of being in the academy was at some level self-destructive. I say this because I’ve been trying to excavate my own intellectual foundations ever since graduate school when I first began to recognize that I was a colonized subject whose first language, English, isn't even her mother tongue. Being in the classroom allowed me to continue dismantling parts of myself, which is perhaps why I chose to teach what—and how-- I did.

And, that of course was self indulgent since my own struggles and desires and anxieties shaped the texts I picked with which generations of students then had to struggle as well. I also feel self-indulgent because I had the freedom to write about things that mattered most to me and to speak my mind, freely, even when doing so was the wrongest thing to do.

So, I’m grateful to my students and faculty and staff colleagues for having given me the space to find myself more fully through my teaching and scholarship and service; to then reward me for that journey is astonishing to me!