Edith Szanto is an Assistant Professor at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, where she teaches Middle Eastern History, Western Civilization, Comparative World Religions, and Islam. Edith received her PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Toronto in 2012. Her dissertation examined Twelver Shi'i practices in Syria, where she spent three years as a Fulbrighter researching popular Islamic practices and working for the UN. Her current project examines Sufism in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Edith Szanto's primary research interests include: Twelver Shi'ism, Sufism, Gender, and the Anthropology of Islam.