Prof. Valerie Hoffman on her career in Islamic Studies
Valerie Hoffman was one of the first women in the field of Islamic Studies at a time when few universities even offered such a program. In her 36 year career, she saw her area of study grow ever-more politicized in the wake of events like the attack on the World Trade Center.
She recently retired from her position at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and joined The 21st to discuss her career, her interactions with students who felt she as a white woman shouldn't be teaching Islamic Studies, and more.
Recently retired professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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