3-5 PM Tuesdays
Areas of specialization: Islamic studies, Iranian studies, contemporary Shi’ism, material religion,
Prof. Mixon teaches courses on a variety of topics in Islamic studies, as well as a course on the materiality of religious practice.
Her current research involves a book project on contemporary Shiʻism in Iran centered on an analysis of Fatima, daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, through the collection and examination of devotional visual and material culture. She considers the significance of Fatima al-Zahra in contemporary Iran and especially in the city of Mashhad as produced through material artifacts and ritual commemorations since the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988). By following the trajectory of the succession to Muhammad after his passing to the Battle of Karbala, contemporary Shiʿa studies and broader studies of Islam and Muslim histories or cultures have narrowly focused on prophethood and the Shiʿi imams, thereby missing the opportunity to consider gendered notions and models of religious leadership and the significance of Fatima as the female link to the line of the imams.
Prof. Mixon is also an interviewer for podcasts in the Religious Studies Project and is a member of the Contemporary Islam steering committee in the American Academy of Religion.