Field: International and Global
Advisor: Madeleine Zelin
Aaron Glasserman is PhD student in the International and Global History track. His research focuses on Islam in late imperial and modern China and Chinese Muslims’ relationship with the state and links with their coreligionists abroad. His dissertation will explore Islamic revival and reform in late 19th- and early 20th-century China, examining how certain Chinese Muslim solidarities interacted both with political and legal developments in China and with emerging intellectual and political movements in the broader Muslim world.
Aaron’s broader research interests include religion-state relations in China, comparative religion-state relations, and Islamic law and political thought.
Aaron earned a B.A. in 2013 from Princeton University, where he majored in Near Eastern Studies and earned certificates in Chinese and Arabic. Prior to coming to Columbia, Aaron worked in New York City as well as in Bielefeld, Germany, where he was coordinator for the research group “Balancing Religious Accommodation and Human Rights in Constitutional Frameworks” at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research.