Elora Shehabuddin received her A.B. in social studies from Harvard University and PhD in politics from Princeton University. She was assistant professor of Women's Studies and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, before moving to Rice in 2001.
Professor Shehabuddin is the author of two books, Reshaping the Holy: Democracy, Development, and Muslim Women in Bangladesh (Columbia University Press, 2008) and Empowering Rural Women: The Impact of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh (Grameen Bank, 1992). She published articles in Modern Asian Studies, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Journal of Women's History, Südasien-Chronik [South Asia Chronicle], Journal of Bangladesh Studies, and Asian Survey, as well as chapters in numerous edited volumes. She is an associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (Brill) and a guest co-editor of a special issue of Feminist Economics on "Gender and Economics in Muslim Communities." Her current book project is tentatively titled, "Visions of Progress: Feminism, Empire, and Muslim Women."
Professor Shehabuddin has received many fellowships, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the Social Science Research Council, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the U.S.. Institute of Peace. She has been selected as a research associate in the Women's Studies in Religion Program at the Divinity School at Harvard University and as a Carnegie Scholar. Her doctoral dissertation was awarded the American Political Science Association's Aaron Wildavsky Dissertation Award for best dissertation in Religion an Politics.
Professor Shehabuddin currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School. She has served as associate director of Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University and was interim director in the 2011-12 academic year.