Nancy Khalek is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and specializes in Late Antiquity and Islam. She received her Ph.D. in history from Princeton University in 2006. Her first book is entitled Damascus after the Muslim Conquest: Text and Image in Early Islam (Oxford University Press, 2011), and she has published articles and essays in a number of scholarly journals and venues, including the Journal of the American Oriental Society, Der Islam, Arabica, and Dumbarton Oaks, among others. She is currently working on a second book on hagiography, biography and material culture related to the Companions of Muhammad in the context of claims to orthodoxy and authority in medieval Islam. Courses taught include a range of topics spanning the medieval and contemporary Islamic world. At Brown, Professor Khalek has connections and affiliations with several departments and programs, including the Political Theory Project, the Program in Medieval Studies and The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology. She has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Syria, Turkey and, most recently, in Jordan.