Esra Tunc

Islamic Studies; Anthropology of Religion; Religion and Economy
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Esra Tunc is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research, which uses historical and ethnographic methodologies, aims to contribute to the study of religion and capital in light of feminist, critical race, and environmental studies. Her dissertation, titled “Islam, Justice, and Innovating Capital in the United States,” examines how new forms of capitalism, such as impact investment and social entrepreneurship, bring together investment and giving with questions of justice and ethics in American Muslim contexts. Her dissertation research has been supported by the Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal Fellowship of the Social Science Research Council, the Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and a Graduate Student Dissertation Support Grant from the University of California Humanities Research Institute. She is also a Public Humanities Graduate Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work has appeared in The Immanent FrameJournal of Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society, Reading Religion, and Insights.