Education Outreach Director
Dr. Susan Douglass joined CCAS in June 2014. She received her Ph.D. in World History at George Mason University in 2016 and has an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in History from the University of Rochester. Susan developed the education outreach program for the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University in 2007, served as Senior Researcher for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, and managed several grant projects for the Ali Vurak Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University. She has contributed to curriculum projects such as World History for Us All and Children and Youth in History, and she has designed and developed online teaching resources such as The Indian Ocean in World History and Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean. Susan's major publications include World Eras: Rise and Spread of Islam, 622-1500 (Thompson/Gale, 2002), the children’s book Ramadan (Carolrhoda Books, 2002), and the national study "Teaching About Religion in National and State Social Studies Standards" (Freedom Forum First Amendment Center and Council on Islamic Education, 2000).
At CCAS, Susan conducts the K-14 Education Outreach program for educators. She holds workshops throughout the year and a week-long Summer Teacher Institute with support from a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant. Beyond the D.C. region, Susan conducts workshops for school districts and other institutions, in collaboration with the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. She provides curriculum consultation in the subjects of world history and geography, the MENA, and Islam and world religions, and also leads the development of curriculum units that support sound scholarship in teaching, with the help of Georgetown University faculty.