Katherine P. Ewing

Katherine P. Ewing

Professor Emerita

External address: 
Columbia University, Departmen, 80 Claremont Ave., Room 103 MC, New York, NY 10027
Internal office address: 
Friedl Building 212, Cultual Anthropology Dept, Durham, NC 27708
(212) 851-9280


Katherine Pratt Ewing, Professor of Religion and Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life at Columbia University.

Until 2010, she was Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Religion at Duke University, where she served as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Consortium for South Asian Studies. In 2010-2011 she was Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison before moving to Columbia’s Religion Department in 2011. Her research ranges from debates among Muslims about the proper practice of Islam in the modern world to sexualities, gender, and the body in South Asia. She has done ethnographic fieldwork in Pakistan, Turkey and India, and among Muslims in Germany, The Netherlands, and the United States.

Professor Ewing received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1980 and took postdoctoral training at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. She has received numerous awards and honors, including the L. Bryce Boyer Prize of the Society for Psychological Anthropology (1990), a Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin (1999), a Mellon-Sawyer Seminar grant (2000-2002), and a Residential Fellowship as Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation (2006-7). Her books include Arguing Sainthood: Modernity, Psychoanalysis and Islam (1997), Stolen Honor: Stigmatizing Muslim Men in Berlin (2008), and the edited volumes Shariat and Ambiguity in South Asian Islam (1988) and Being and Belonging: Muslim Communities in the US since 9/11 (2008).

Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., The University of Chicago 1980

  • M.A., Boston University 1973

  • B.A., Tufts University 1971

Selected Grants

Teaching South Asia Through Material Objects and Performance Events awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 2008 to 2009

The Milli Gorus and the Diyanet: Competing Muslim Challenges to the Relationship between "Church and State" in Europe awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2001 to 2002

"Secularist Turkey's Official Islam and the Shaping of Turkish Migrant Religious and Political Identies in Germany awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1999 to 2000

Islamic Mysticism in Modern Turkey awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1993

Ewing, Katherine Pratt. Stolen Honor: Stigmatizing Muslim Men in Berlin. Stanford University Press, 2008.

Ewing, K. P. Arguing Sainthood: Islam, Modernity and Psychoanalysis. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1997.

Ewing, K. P. “Anthropology and the Pakistani National Imaginary.” Naveed Khan, ed. New Delhi: Routledge. Edited by Naveeda Khan, New Delhi: Routledge., 2009.

Ewing, K. P., and M. Hoyler. “Being Muslim and American: South Asian Muslim youth and the war on terror.” Being and Belonging: Muslims in the United States Since 9/11, 2008, pp. 80–103.

Ewing, K. P. Emine: Muslim University Student in Berlin. Edited by Frances Trix et al., McGraw Hill, 2008.

Ewing, K. P. “Immigrant Identities and Emotion.” A Companion to Psychological Anthropology: Modernity and Psychocultural Change, 2007, pp. 225–40. Scopus, doi:10.1002/9780470996409.ch13. Full Text

Ewing, K. P. "The Muslim Child". Edited by Richard Shweder, 2007.

Ewing, K. P. Migration, Identity Negotiation and Self Experience. Edited by Jonathan Friedman and Shalini Randeria, London: Taurus, 2003, pp. 117–40.

Ewing, K. P. The Sufi and the Mullah: Islam and Local Culture in Pakistan. Edited by Charles Kennedy, Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2003, pp. 169–98.

Ewing, K. P. Images of Order and Authority: Shifting Identites and Legal Consciousness in a Runaway Immigrant Daughter. Edited by Jeanette Mageo and Bruce Knauft, Cambridge University Press, 2002, pp. 93–113.


Ewing, K. P. Idiosyncrasy and the problem of shared understandings: The case of a Pakistani orphan. Jan. 2019, pp. 215–48. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9781315792057-10. Full Text

Ewing, K. P. “Between cinema and social work: Diasporic Turkish women and the (dis)pleasures of hybridity.” Cultural Anthropology, vol. 21, no. 2, May 2006, pp. 265–94. Scopus, doi:10.1525/can.2006.21.2.265. Full Text

Ewing, K. P. The Misrecognition of a Modern Islamist Organization: Germany Faces "Fundamentalism". Edited by Carl Ernst and Richard Martin, 2006.

Ewing, K. P. Cultivating a Wholesome Body: Islam in the German Gym Class. Edited by Sami Swad, UCLA: Center for European and East European Studies, 2006.

Ewing, K. P. Identity Politics: Turkey. Vol. 2, 2005, pp. 289–91.

Ewing, K. P. “Pilgrims of Love: The Anthropology of a Global Sufi Cult, by Pnina Werbner.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, vol. 11, 2005, pp. 626–27.


Ewing, K. P. Conversation with Katherine Pratt Ewing. Edited by Anthony Molino, Wesleylan University Press., 2004, pp. 80–97.

Ewing, K. P. “CA Comment on "Debating Self, Identity, and Culture in Anthropology," by Martin Sokefeld.” Current Anthropology, vol. 40, 1999, pp. 432–33.

Ewing, K. P. “Anthropological Research in Pakistan: A Bibliography.” American Institute of Pakistan, Occasional Papers, 1997.