Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.
She 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. degree 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 Islamic Studies. 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 teaches academic courses on Islam, the study of global religion, Asian Studies, and comparative environmental ethics and environmental studies from a humanistic perspective. She has completed a book manuscript, Muslim Environmentalism (working title). Dr. Gade has also recently begun new field-based research on religion, culture and resources in Ambon, Indonesia.
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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