Caitlyn Bolton

Caitlyn Bolton is an incoming assistant professor at Boston College, having recently completed her PhD in cultural anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research centers on transnational currents of Islamic reform, development, and knowledge exchange in Zanzibar and the Gulf. Supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Fulbright-Hays, and the American Council of Learned Societies, her dissertation examines transnational Islamic organizations working in development and education in Zanzibar, and the role of religion and religious knowledge in their approaches to progress and social change. She speaks Arabic and Swahili, has a BA in anthropology and Africana studies from Bard College, an MA in Near Eastern studies from New York University, and has worked at Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative and the Cordoba Initiative.

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