Jennifer R. Webster, PhD
Adjunct Faculty, International Studies
Building/Room: Rianna 104
Jennifer Webster received her Ph.D. in history at the University of Washington in 2015. She holds a master’s degree in International Studies—Comparative Religion from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Reed College. She has designed and taught several courses on the Silk Road, the early modern Middle East, and pilgrimage and shrines in the Islamic world. Jennifer’s research seeks to understand the evolution of several major shrine locations in the Kyrgyz Republic from the Soviet period to the present day through an analysis of oral, written, and visual sources. Her research investigates how the deep historical connections between Islamic shrines in the Kyrgyz Republic and its neighboring states continue to shape patterns of social interaction across ethnic and international boundaries and questions the implications of these connections on the way people identify themselves as Muslims.