Micah Hughes is the Associate Director of the UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the Department of Religious Studies at UNC-CH. Micah is an intellectual historian specializing in the study of religion, secularism, higher education, and civil society in 20th-century Turkey. He was formerly a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Muslim Philanthropy Initiative at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Prior to returning to UNC, he worked with an interdisciplinary team of researchers studying Muslim philanthropy from a global perspective. For more about his research, please visit his Academia.edu page.

Additionally, he serves as Associate Editor of The Journal of Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society (IU Press), as well as an editor at The Maydan, an online publication of the AbuSulayman Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, and as project coordinator for the The Maydan Podcast.

Micah is also an avid (and very amateur) bird watcher. His favorite bird is currently the Cedar Waxwing.