About the writer

Jordan Denari is a Research Fellow at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, where she focuses on Islamophobia. IMG_9822

Jordan graduated in May 2013 from Georgetown where she majored in Culture and Politics in the School of Foreign Service. In the fall of 2013, she moved to Amman, Jordan, where she lived for nine months while conducting research through the State Department’s Fulbright U.S. Student Program. She has also worked for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs; interned at an Islamic advocacy organization; conducted research for Harvard’s Pluralism Project; served as the president of Georgetown’s student interfaith group; and interviewed President Obama as a youth reporter for the Indianapolis-based Y-Press.

My interview with Obama in Indianapolis in Spring 2008.

My interview with Obama in Indianapolis in Spring 2008.

High school graduation

High school graduation

Jordan grew up in Indianapolis and attended Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School. Her parents are Maggie, a parent educator, and Tom, the president of Young & Laramore advertising agency. Her younger brother, Nick, is a junior at Boston College where he is a Presidential Scholar, a math major, and varsity cross-country and track runner.

Her boyfriend, Chris Duffner, is a rising-second year law student at the Georgetown University Law Center. He currently works for the D.C. Public Defender Service where he represents parolees in parole revocation hearings. Passionate the injustice that often permeates the criminal justice system, Chris anticipates a law career which serves marginalized individuals. Chris and Jordan began dating during December of our senior year at Georgetown, having both found a home in the Catholic community. Initially connecting during theology class study sessions and conversations about our own spiritual journeys, they hope to pursue eventual graduate degrees in theology or divinity.

Chris and I, Summer 2013

Chris and I, Summer 2013

Jordan has published articles in TIMEAmerica magazine, the Washington Post’s On Faith blog, Busted Halo, and the Indianapolis Star and is a  frequent contributor to the lay Catholic magazine, Commonweal. Her efforts to improve Muslim-Christian relations have been featured on an interview with American Catholic Radio and the Georgetown University website. She has presented about her journey into Islam and back into Catholicism at the 2012 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice and at multiple church venues in Indianapolis.

13 Responses to About the writer

  1. Jim and Jan Sammer says:

    ……and you said you have been doing nothing since you came home for summer vacation. Well done, once again ~~~~ G and G

  2. Omar says:

    I think you are one of the coolest people I have met. I am so glad that you decided to go to Georgetown and I have no doubt that you will do amazing things. I am excited to see all the good you are going to do!

  3. Gilbert Satchell says:

    I just stumbled in here. I hope you find the mp3, I’d like to hear it as well. You will go far.

  4. Brandon says:

    Thanks so much for your contribution on my blog this afternoon, Jordan. I’m pretty sure you’re the first Hoosier to ever leave a comment! :-)

    It’s a small world. I grew up northwest of Indianapolis: Noblesville – Carmel areas.

  5. sakina08 says:

    Thanks for your post on my blog earlier! It sounds like you’re off to a bright future, with all the many amazing accomplishments and focused determination you have already (mashAllah)!

    I was working in Indy for the past few years actually – small world! I just moved to a different state to take a new job though; too bad! :)

    Keep up the great work!

  6. Amanda says:

    Hi Jordan. Thanks for stopping by the blog. I’m glad you liked the piece. It looks like you are doing very good work to help relations between Islam and the West. Bravo to You!

    Be Well,
    Amanda

  7. Shabbir Akhtar says:

    Hello Jordan

    Thank you for your insightful and balanced piece on Rushdie. You quoted from my book on that topic and I am grateful for that.
    I live and work in the USA now and would like to speak to you about your interests. You can email me also. I am in Norfolk, Virginia and teach philosophy here. I am at 757 683 3864 and sakhtar@odu.edu

    Shabbir

  8. Jordan:

    You can be assured of how proud you make your Saint Matthew Catholic Elementary School teachers here in Indy. You were a model student, well-informed, and an attitude of grace. We are so happy to see you so successful … of which your teachers and I already knew you were headed for greatness.

    Keep up the good work … and it is Social Justice that we all must support … for all religions, for all people.

    Martin Erlenbaugh, Your Elementary School Principal

    Peace – Shalom – שלום – السلام

  9. johnphayes says:

    Interesting that I discovered your site. I’m an American and Catholic . . . living in Kuwait. So while I found you because I’m helping my wife (who plays the piano at our local “church”) discover what she’s supposed to play for the “new” Mass . . . it’s interesting that you write about the Arab culture. . . . Meanwhile, I’ve not had any success finding out how the Mass is changing for the musicians or where they are to find the music that they’re expected to play. Do you know of any sites where she can get specific information? Thanks.

    John Hayes

    • jdenari says:

      Hi John,
      I’m glad you found my site! I’m not sure of any places for you to look, but if you already haven’t, I’d check the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website. Hope this helps! I’d be really interested to hear more about your experience in Kuwait. What do you do there?

  10. I recently returned from my fourth trip to occupied Palestine. Based In [occupied] Bethlehem, I am a volunteer journalist for IMEMC and have come to know Palestinians – Christians and Muslims – as well as Jewish supporters and settlers. A complex problem few Americans understand, I try to describe what life is like for people living under occupation by telling their stories I trust in this way, we can look beyond prejudice and misconception and see the humanity shared by all. I feel you will carry on your good work, which ultiately must lead to peace w/ justice for all.
    Doris

  11. Ghaith Balawneh says:

    i found your blog by coincidence and really loved it, best wishes for you
    غيث البلاونة من الاردن

  12. Sharon Sperry says:

    Jordan, just read your Washington Post essay…well done! I am so proud of you!!! …Sharon Sperry

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s