Anna M. Gade
Professor and Associate Dean for Research & Education

Dr. Anna M. Gade is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Environmental Studies and Associate Dean for Research & Education in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. She is also Chair of the Undergraduate Committee for the Environmental Studies major and affiliated certificate programs at UW-Madison, which oversees curriculum for about five hundred students' degrees. At UW-Madison, she teaches  courses in Environmental Humanities, Islamic Studies, and the academic study of religion and ethics in the Religious Studies Program.

Dr. Gade's most recent book, Muslim Environmentalisms: Religious and Social Foundations (320 pp.), was published by Columbia University Press in August, 2019. Listen to a podcast interview about it on New Books Network here. In 2021, an online roundtable discussion featured the book on The Immanent Frame (Social Science Research Council), and a podcast discussion about the book also recently appeared with the Religious Studies Project.

Dr. Gade holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Chicago with a doctorate in  the History of Religions, specializing in Islam. Her B.A. is in Mathematics from Swarthmore College. She has held academic positions at Cornell University (Near Eastern Studies), Princeton University (Music/Religion), Oberlin College (Religion), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (Religious Studies), and in Languages and Cultures of Asia at UW-Madison.   

Professor Gade's previous published work emphasizes theory and method in the academic study of religion and the study of Islam.  Her research since 2007 explains global cultural, historical and religious responses to environmental change, specializing in history, knowledge and practices of Southeast Asia. This project and ones before it have been based on extensive fieldwork in Indonesia and elsewhere in in the region, such as Cambodia and Malaysia.  She has recently published on topics including the burning of tropical forests; cross-cultural expressions of environmental sentiment; Islamic environmental justice, law and ethics; water resource management; and, "Rights of Nature" in the Asia-Pacific region. She is planning major projects about environmental futures in Jakarta and environmental justice and ethics.

At UW-Madison, Professor Gade is a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Culture, History and Environment (CHE); the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS); the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC); Religious Studies; and, the Human Rights Program of the Global Legal Studies Center at UW-Madison. She has recently served as Co-Chair of the Qur'an Group of the American Academy of Religion, and has authored two books dedicated to understanding the Arabic Qur'an with respect to diverse Muslim perspectives worldwide. 


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