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Mona Oraby is assistant professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College. She also serves as managing editor of The Immanent Frame, the Social Science Research Council's interdisciplinary forum dedicated to questions of religion, secularism, and the public sphere. Her research and teaching are in the areas of comparative law and religion, law and society, as well as global and postcolonial legal regimes. Before joining Amherst, she was the Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Law, Society, and Culture at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She received her PhD in political science from Northwestern University.

Mona's current book project is Administering Religious Difference: Secularism, Minorities, and the Rule of Law. Using modern Egypt as a case study and other comparative cases in the region and elsewhere, the book examines administrative conflicts that arise from dual constitutional commitments to religious establishment and legal equality. This study departs from existing scholarship that focuses on the situation of particular minorities by instead analyzing the legal processes through which minority and majority populations are constituted over time.