Homayra Ziad is Scholar of Islam at the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies (ICJS) in Baltimore, and formerly Assistant Professor of Religion at Trinity College. She received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and her Ph.D in Islamic Studies at Yale. Homayra is deeply involved in interreligious education, training, study, and research. At ICJS, she and her colleagues explore religious difference as a force for good in the public square and work with diverse groups of change-makers: clergy, social entrepreneurs, high school educators, and community activists. Homayra is also co-chair of the American Academy of Religion’s Interreligious and Interfaith Studies Group. Her academic research has focused on Islamic spiritual traditions, religion and the arts, religion and humor, and ideas of vocation. Homayra has published in both academic and popular venues, and her writing and opinions have appeared on The Huffington Post, WYPR, the Baltimore Sun, and other venues. In the two years since she joined ICJS, she has spoken or taught on Islam to audiences in over fifty different venues in Maryland.