Graduate Theological Union


Munir Jiwa, Director

Ph.D., Columbia University
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
B.A. Honors, Simon Fraser University

Munir Jiwa is the Founding Director of the Center for Islamic Studies and Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Anthropology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He holds a PhD and MPhil in Anthropology from Columbia University and an MTS from Harvard Divinity School. His research interests include Islam and Muslims in the West, Islamophobia, media, art and aesthetics, secularism and religious formation. He is the recipient of foundation awards and grants from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ford Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. Currently he is serving on the Islamic Studies Advisory Group for Public Education at Stanford University, and on several committees and boards at the University of California, Berkeley, including the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion Public Theology Inquiry Group, and the Islamophobia Documentation and Research Project at the Center for Race and Gender. He serves on the AAR’s Committee for Racial and Ethnic Minorities, and on the advisory board for the GTU’s Center for the Arts & Religion  Dr. Jiwa was the GTU commencement faculty speaker on May 10, 2012. His address was titled, Marking and Making Time. He received the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award at the GTU in 2015. His forthcoming work is titled, Politics of Exhibition: Artists and Muslim Idenity in New York City.


Marianne Farina

Ph.D., Boston College
M.A., Santa Clara University
B.F.A., Parsons School of Design/New School for Social Research University

She is a religious sister in the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Notre Dame, IN; Associate Professor of Catholic Theology and Philosophical Ethics at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT); and member of the GTU Core Doctoral Faculty.  Sister Marianne teaches courses and has written on topics related to Moral Theology, Philosophical Ethics, Ethics in Islam, Human Rights, Interreligious Dialogue, and Faith Formation. Over the last three years, she has traveled to Africa and Asia as a delegate and teacher covering topics such as "Religion and Democracy," "Methods for Cross-Cultural Understanding," and "Christian-Muslim Understanding".