Kristian Petersen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Nebraska Omaha. He is the co-director with Ramazan Kilinc of the Islamic Studies Program at UNO. His research and teaching interests include Theory and Methodology in the Study of Religion, Islamic Studies, Chinese Religions, and Media Studies. He specializes on two main areas 1) the development of Islam in China, and 2) Muslims in Cinema.
His first book, Interpreting Islam in China: Pilgrimage, Scripture, and Language in the Han Kitab, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press in 2017.
He is currently working on a gloabl understanding of Muslims in Cinema. He is writing a monograph entitled The Cinematic Lives of Muslims. He is also editing a collection, Muslims in the Movies: A Global Anthology, for the Mizan Series published with ILEX Foundation and Harvard University Press.
He is very interested in fostering the expansion of digital tools in the study of religion. He is on the advisory board for the forthcoming Introductions to Digital Humanities: Religion series published with De Gruyter. This series of edited volumes explores the intersections of digital humanities research tools and the study of religion. Volumes offer overviews of current methodologies, techniques, tools, and projects as well as defining challenges and opportunities for further research. He is Co-editor, with Christopher Cantwell, of the Introductions to Digital Humanities: Research Methods in the Study of Religion volume in the series.
Other publications can be found in Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Modern Asian Studies, Journal of Sufi Studies, Journal of Religion & Society, Philosophy East and West, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, and Oxford Islamic Studies Online.
He is an active member of the American Academy of Religion. He is an Advisory Board member for Religious Studies News, the AAR’s web magazine, and produces several podcasts interviews with Book Award and Research Grants winners. He currently serves on the steering committee for the Contemporary Islam Group. He organized THATCamp “The Humanities and Technology Camp” at the 2013 and 2014 American Academy of Religion annual meetings.
He is Assistant Director of MRB Radio at Marginalia Review of Books where he hosts a podcast called Directions in the Study of Religion and contributes to the First Impressions series. As the host of the New Books in Religion and New Books in Islamic Studies podcasts he discusses exciting scholarship with authors of new books.