Celene joined the Tufts University Chaplaincy team in July of 2014.
Celene is a chaplain, scholar, and educator. She facilitates dialogues, lectures on local and national platforms, and teaches on themes ranging from Muslim feminist theology and theologies of religious pluralism, to critical social theory, to the history of Islamic intellectual thought. Her work has been featured on diverse forums including BBC Persian and the Religion Initiative of the Council on Foreign Relations. Celene is published widely and holds a joint faculty appointment as Islamic Studies Scholar-in-Residence at Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School, where she co-directs the Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education.
Celene received a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University and earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Harvard Divinity School where she was a Harvard Presidential Scholar and a Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Society of North America Fellow in Non-Profit Management and Philanthropy. She completed a joint Master’s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Arabic and Islamic studies at Brandies University.
She is a health and spiritual healing enthusiast who enjoys learning languages, studying sacred texts, painting, drinking teas, and going on retreat. She is inspired by green spaces and outdoor activities including gardening, hiking, biking, rock climbing, and occasionally competitive sports. She appreciates spending time with colleagues, friends, and family, including her spouse Ahmed and daughter Rahma.
Celene says: “Higher education is a journey, a challenge, and a privilege; I look forward to collaborating with members of the wider community to sustain and continue enhancing religious life, inter-cultural initiatives, and civic activism on Tufts campus and beyond.”