Scott C. Alexander

Professor of Islamic Studies

Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

Chair, Department of Intercultural Studies and Ministry



AB, Harvard University
MA and PhD, Columbia University


Scott has been studying, teaching, and writing about Islam and Muslim-Christian relations for over 35 years. The focus of his life’s ministry is building bridges of reconciliation, mutual understanding, and solidarity for justice between Muslims and Christians in the U.S. and abroad.  As a self-described “scholar-activist,” Scott devotes considerable energy to challenging structures of Islamophobia and other forms of systemic bigotry and marginalization. His most recent scholarly research focuses on the role of triumphalism in Christian-Muslim relations and deals with the inherent contradiction between religious claims to universal truth and the religiously motivated desire to impose this truth on others as a means of political and cultural domination.


Scott is chair of the Theological Education Committee of the American Academy of Religion and is a regular consultant on Catholic-Muslim relations for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He co-editor of the Journal of Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society and is also a member of the advisory boards for the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion at the University of Chicago, the Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, and the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving at the Indiana University School of Philanthropy. He is also sits on the board of directors of the Alliance for Shared Values (New York City), and the Niagara Foundation (Chicago).

“Seasons of Our Discontent: Anti-Catholicism, Islamophobia, and Systemic Racism in the United States” in Joel Brown ed., Religion and Culture Forum (Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion), 14 April 2017


“Does ISIS Vindicate Pope Benedict’s Islam Remarks?” in Religion Dispatches, November 2014 (University of Southern California, Annenberg Center)


“Knowing and Loving Our Neighbors of Other Faiths” in Susan Briehl and Dorothy Bass, eds. On Our Way: Christian Practices for a Lifetime of Faith, Hope, and Love (Knoxville, TN: Upper Room Books, 2010).


“’Sikhs Are Not Muslims’ Sends a Sinister Message” in The Los Angeles Times Op-Ed (August 10, 2012)


“We Go Way Back: a History of Christian-Muslim Relations” in U.S. Catholic (winner of Associated Church Press 2007 Award of Merit for a Theological or Scholarly Article)


“Fear” and “Patience and Trust” in The Encyclopaedia of the Qur’an, Jane McAuliffe et al., eds., volume 4 (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2002, 2005).

“Why Engage in Interreligious Dialogue,” et al. in “Walking Together on the Road to Peace video series (2014). Produced by the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


Knowing and Loving Our Neighbors of Other Faiths DVD, (The Work of the People, 2011).