Susan Douglass received her PhD in world history from George Mason University in 2016. She holds an M.A. in Arab Studies from the Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, and a B.A. in History from the University of Rochester. She has conducted teacher workshops nationwide for over two decades, and developed the education outreach program for the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding at Georgetown University in 2007. These workshops for educators, professional, and civic groups have been held in over 50 cities in the US and Canada. Susan’s prior work included service as Senior Researcher for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations initiative, as Affiliated Scholar with the Council on Islamic Education from 1994-2006. At George Mason University’s Ali Vurak Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies, she has served as Senior Research Associate and Grant Project Manager, working on two major grant projects, including the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures/Muslim Journeys Bookshelf project with the American Library Association, and the British Council/Social Science Research Council Our Shared Past initiative.
Major publications include World Eras: Rise and Spread of Islam, 622-1500 (Thompson/Gale, 2002), the children’s book, Ramadan (Carolrhoda Books, 2002), the national study Teaching About Religion in National and State Social Studies Standards (Freedom Forum First Amendment Center and Council on Islamic Education, 2000), and a forthcoming article on Islamic Education for Oxford University Press. She has contributed to curriculum projects such as San Diego State University and the National Center for History in the Schools’ World History for Us All, the Smithsonian Freer Gallery teaching guide Arts of Islam, Children and Youth in History at the Center for History and New Media, teaching resources for the documentary films Cities of Light, Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, and Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet. She designed and developed the online resource The Indian Ocean in World History.