Andrea Stanton

Andrea Stanton

Associate Professor, Islamic Studies and Digital Religion; Senior Associate Dean

What I do

I am Associate Professor of Islamic Studies in Religious Studies and serve the College as Senior Associate Dean. I am also an affiliated faculty member at the Center for Middle East Studies at DU's Korbel School for International Studies.


Islamic studies, Middle Eastern history, digital religion, digital Islam, Mandate Palestine, media and politics, media history

Professional Biography

I obtained my MA and PhD in Middle Eastern history from Columbia University, and my BA in history and in religion from Williams College. My research agenda follows two tracks: 20th century Middle Eastern history, focusing on intersections between mass media forms and national or social identities, and 21st century Islam, focusing on intersections between contemporary media forms (mass and individual), state interests, and personal piety. My religious studies research areas are thus in digital Islam, digital religion, and lived religion. At DU, I teach a range of Islamic studies courses, including: Introduction to Islam, Islam in the United States, Islam and Gender, Islamic Empires, and Common Figures in the Bible and Qur'an. Like my other RLGS colleagues, I also do quite a bit of community engagement and public outreach, giving numerous public talks each year.


  • Ph.D., Middle East History, Columbia University, 2007

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Middle East Studies Association
  • American Historical Association
  • Syrian Studies Association

Media Sources


My degree is in Middle Eastern history, and my position at DU is in Islamic studies, so my research interests have proceeded along two primary tracks: 20th century Arab-world media history, with a continuing focus on nation building and technology, particularly in Palestine; and contemporary manifestations of piety among Muslims in the United States and the Middle East, with a particular focus on intersections and amplifications through technology, including apps and websites.

Areas of Research

radio history
media history
contemporary Islam
digital religion
national identity
personal piety
digital Islam
Mandate Palestine
sound studies

Key Projects

  • Radio and Decolonization Around the Globe, 1920-Present
  • Radio and Decolonization: Bringing Sound into 20th Century History
  • University of Denver (CO): Expanding Core Strengths in Middle East Studies
  • Supporting JDP Faculty and Students of Color
  • Teaching Connected Histories of the Mediterranean
  • Religion and Peacebuilding: Public Talk Series
  • Religion in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains
  • Interfaith Youth Core
  • Religion and Peacebuilding: Public Talk Series

Featured Publications

Stanton, Andrea. The Wireless World: Global Histories Of International Radio Broadcasting. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 2022.
Stanton, Andrea. “From Mecca With Love: Muslim Religious Apps And The Centering Of Sacred Geography.” In Cyber Muslims: Mapping Islamic Digital Media In The Internet Age. 161-175 London: Bloomsbury. 2022.
Stanton, Andrea L. “Saudi Arabia's Ministry Of Hajj Apps: Managing The Operations And Piety Of The Hajj.” Journal of Religion, Media, and Digital Culture, (2020).
Stanton, Andrea. “Locating Palestine's Summer Residence: Mandate Tourism And National Identity.” Journal of Palestine Studies 47, no. 2, (2018): 44-63.
Stanton, Andrea. “Islamic Emoticons And Religious Authority: Emerging Practices, Shifting Paradigms.” Journal of Contemporary Islam, (2017).
Stanton, Andrea. This Is Jerusalem Calling: State Radio In Mandate Palestine. Austin, USA: University of Texas Press. 2013. 260.


Stanton, Andrea. “Broadcasting Religious & Cultural Modernism” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, Middle East Studies Association, 2023.
Stanton, Andrea. “Radio & Decolonization” Radio Preservation Task Force, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, 2023.
Stanton, Andrea. “App Developers As (Religious) Authorities: Muslim Sermon/Lecture Apps & Technological Affordances ” Zoom, University of Helsinki Islamic Studies Program, 2023.
Stanton, Andrea. “Mosques Of Instagram: Site-Based Accounts, Hashtags, Believer Engagement, And National Identity” Religion And Bible Society Of The Rocky Mountain-Great Plains Region Annual Meeting, Regis University, Denver, Religion and Bible Society of the Rocky Mountain-Great Plains Region, 2023.
Stanton, Andrea. “Hajj And Umrah In The Covid Era: Digital And Governmental Responses” Islamic Responses To Covid-19: Authority And Religiosity In #Muslim Communities And Digital Worlds, virtual, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, 2021.
Stanton, Andrea, and Nadezhda Stancheva Kaneva. “Understanding The "State" In Islamic State: Mediated Articulations Of The Caliphate's State Ideology” Imagined Borders, Epistemic Freedoms, Boulder, Center for Media, Religion, and Culture, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2020.


  • Kathleen Connolly-Weinert Leader-of-the-Year Award, Theta Alpha Kappa
  • Outstanding Faculty Member Award, Joint Ph.D. Program Student Association