Esra Tunc earned her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara in 2022. In 2022-23 she was a postdoctoral research associate at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, and in Fall 2023 will begin as assistant professor in the Department for the Study of Religion at San Diego State University. She is an ethnographer of religion and racial capitalism. Her first book project, “Unjust Capital: Muslim Investing in the United States,” examines the innovation of financial capitalism among Muslim communities in the United States. Her project aims to contribute to not only scholarly work at the intersection of religion, capital, justice, and technology but also the search to imagine and implement alternative modalities of living amidst widely criticized products and systems.
Read Esra’s article on The Immanent Frame, “Translating Muslim Giving into Social Entrepreneurship,” about crowdfunding, Muslim giving, and social entrepreneurship.