Sarah Tobin is the associate director of Middle East Studies at Brown University
She is an anthropologist with expertise in Islam, economic anthropology, and gender in the Middle East. Her work explores transformations in religious and economic life, identity construction, and personal piety at the intersections with gender, Islamic authority and normative Islam, public ethics, and Islamic authenticity. Ethnographically, her work focuses on Islamic piety in the economy, especially Islamic Banking and Finance, Ramadan, and in contested fields of consumption such as the hijab, and the Arab Spring.
Her book, Everyday Piety: Islam and Economy in Jordan, was recently published by Cornell University Press. Her work has also been published in the Middle East Research and Information Project, Middle East Policy, Digest of Middle East Studies, and Research in Economic Anthropology.