Robert J. Riggs

Robert J. Riggs


Professor of World Religions, School of Public and International Affairs

Carlson Hall, Room 224
(203) 576-4212

Robert Riggs is a specialist in Shi’ite history in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. His research has been supported by the De Karman Foundation, The American Academic Research Institute in Iraqi (TAARII), the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, The British Academy, and the British Society for Middle East Studies.


A.B., Harvard University; Ph.D., New York University


Courses Taught:
Riggs teaches courses on Islamic History, Introduction to Islam, Introduction to Western Religions, Political Economy of the Middle East, Gender in Islamic Societies, Islamic Law, Introduction to the Qur’an and Hadith, and Islam in East Asia for the program on World Religions at the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) and courses on Culture and International Development and Socio-Political Implications of Religion in the M.A. program in Global Development and Peace


His publications appear in the Journal of Arabic Literature, the Journal of Shi‘i Islamic Studies, Religion Compass and the Review of Middle East Studies and he has contributed chapters to several collected volumes.