Kate Albers has been an Associate Professor of Art History, teaching visual culture, contemporary art, media studies, and history and theory of photography. Before Whittier, she taught at the University of Arizona for a decade. Beyond the College, she's authored Uncertain Histories: Accumulation, Inaccessibility, and Doubt in Contemporary Photography and The Night Albums Visibility and the Ephemeral Photograph. Albers is also co-editor of Before-and-After Photography: Histories and Contexts.
Albers received her Ph.D. in art history from Boston University and her master’s in art history from University of California, Riverside.
Sara Angevine is an Assistant Professor of Political Science, specializing in American politics, women and politics, comparative politics, and international relations. Her dissertation examined the policy objectives and congressional motivations behind women's rights in U.S. foreign policy. Angevine’s research explores how gender (and identity broadly speaking) affects democratic representation in the U.S. Before Whittier, Angevine taught at Brooklyn College, City University of New York and Rutgers University, as well as Barnard College, Columbia University.
Angevine earned her Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University and her master’s in women’s and gender studies from University of the Western Cape in Bellville, South Africa.
Irfana Hashmi is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, specializing in the history of the Islamic world, focusing on the urban mosque. In addition to teaching a wide range of classes in Religious Studies, such as Religious Diversity in America, Monotheisms, New Religious Movements in Southern California, The Devil, Jinns, and Others, and Religious Fundamentalisms, Hashmi also teaches classes in Islamic Studies: Introduction to Islam, Arabs and Muslims I and II, and Gender, Sexuality and Islam.
Irfana’s current book project focuses on the social world of learning at al-Azhar in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She is working on a digital humanities project, titled Digital al-Azhar, an interactive 3D Virtual Reality model of al-Azhar Mosque.
Hashmi’s scholarly work has been supported by a number of fellowships and grants, including a Fulbright-Hayes DDRA Fellowship, an American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) Research Fellowship, and a Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA), and serves on the steering committee of the Material Islam Seminar at the AAR.
Hashmi completed her Ph.D. from the Joint Program in History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. Before coming to Whittier, she taught at Bard College.