• Sandy Russell Jones
  • Sandy Russell Jones
  • Associate Teaching Professor; and Academic Director, Middle Eastern Studies Program
  • Degree: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Religious Studies
  • Additional Degree(s): B.A., Dickinson College, Religious Studies
  • Specialty: Modern Middle East: History of Islam
  • Office 2: Lucy Stone Hall B-316, 54 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854




  • The Classical Age of Islam, Rutgers University
  • Islam in the Modern Age, Shi`i Islam, Rutgers University
  • Women and Islam, Rutgers University
  • The Hero's Quest: Religion, Mythology, and Harry Potter, Rutgers University
  • Islamic Civilization, Rutgers University
  • Women and Society in the Islamic Middle East, Rutgers University
  • Islam, Global Civilization, Rutgers University
  • Introduction to Islam, Rutgers University and University of Pennsylvania
  • Introduction to World Religions, East Stroudsburg University, PA


  • "Bahrain:Origins of a Crisis," Jadaliyya, http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/1209/essential-readings_bahrain_origins-of-a-crisis, April 10, 2011.
  • “God’s law or state’s law? Authority and Islamic family law reform in Bahrain,” dissertation, University of Pennsylvania, 2010.
  • “The Battle Over Family Law in Bahrain,” Middle East Report, No. 242, Spring 2007.
  • Review of Amira El-Azhary Sonbol, Women of Jordan: Islam, Labor, and the Law in International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 36, no. 3, August 2004.


  • Muslims for Peace Interfaith Award, Women in Islam - Prophet Muhammad Interfaith Conference, March 24, 2018
  • Hybrid Course Conversion Grant, Rutgers University (Spring - Summer 2013)
  • Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis Fellowship (2010-2011), New Brunswick, NJ
  • Fulbright IIE Program for U.S. Students Dissertation Research Grant (2004-2005), Bahrain
  • Fulbright-Hays Fellowship for Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (2004-2005), Bahrain (declined)
  • American Research Center in Egypt Dissertation Research Grant (2004-2005), Egypt
  • University of Pennsylvania Religious Studies Pre-dissertation Grant (2003), Bahrain
  • Center for Arabic Study Abroad Full-Year Fellowship (2001-2002), Egypt
  • University of Pennsylvania Religious Studies Boardman Fellowship (2000)


  • American Academy of Religion
  • Association of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies
  • Fulbright Association
  • Middle East Studies Association