Susan Douglass serves as Grant Project Manager for a federal grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities on Muslim societies in the early modern period. She holds an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, a B.A. in History from the University of Rochester, and is currently in the doctoral program at George Mason University, where she was named a 2010-2011 Research Fellow at the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies. She is currently teaching a course in the GMU Honors College, is scheduled to teach Islam and World History at GMU in Spring 2012; she has taught a course on Islamic Education at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education M.A. program in Fall 2009 and Spring 2011. Douglass’ dissertation research concerns mass education systems in post-colonial Egypt, India and Britain from 1950-1970 and the textbooks used in those nations to teach world history and geography.
In 2006, she was Senior Researcher for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, From 1994-2005, she was senior researcher and Affiliated Scholar with the Council on Islamic Education (currently the Center for Religion and Civic Values) for a decade, reviewing commercial textbooks in development, researching state standards, and developing instructional resources. For the past five years she has conducted the educational outreach program for the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding, presenting workshops in more than 20 states and in Canada, at state and national conferences, for school districts, university outreach programs, private schools, museums, and professional organizations.
Major publications include World Eras: Rise and Spread of Islam, 622-1500 (Thompson/Gale, 2002), teaching resources for the Council on Islamic Education and the National Center for History in the Schools, a children’s book Ramadan (Carolrhoda Books, 2002), Teaching About Religion in National and State Social Studies Standards (Freedom Forum First Amendment Center and Council on Islamic Education, 2000), and numerous articles and book chapters. She contributed to online teaching resources such as the IslamProject.org and other projects based on Unity Productions Foundation documentary films, as well as the Smithsonian Freer Gallery teaching guide Arts of Islam, the online curriculum World History for Us All. She researched and designed The Indian Ocean in World History online resource.