Petra Kuppinger

Professor and Chair, Anthropology
Coordinator, Honors Program

Rm 201 Weeks House 309-457-2162


Cites and spaces; space and power; Middle Eastern cities; Cairo, Egypt; space culture and Islam in Germany; globalization; globalized consumer cultures.


  • Ph.D. – New School for Social Research, 2000
  • M.A. – American University in Cairo, Egypt, 1990
  • Dipl-Soz.Paed., Ev. FHS Reutlingen, Germany, 1986

Courses Taught

  • ANTH 103: Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANTH 260: Cultures of the Middle East
  • ANTH 362: Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • ANTH 250: Childhood in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • ANTH 364: Urban Anthropology
  • ANTH 250: Cultures of Europe
  • SOAN 301: Theories of Culture and Society
  • INTG 100: Introduction to Liberal Arts

Selected Work

BOOK: 2015 Faithfully Urban: Pious Muslims in a German City. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books.


2015 Pools, Piety, and Participation: A Muslim Women’s Sport’s Club and Urban Citizenship in Germany. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs.

2014 The Stuttgart Crescent: Muslim Material and Spiritual Geographies in Germany. In Managing Muslim Migration in the 21st Century: Between Spiritual Geography and Global Security Regimes. Anita Fábos and Riina Isotalo, eds. Palgrave MacMillan.

2014 Exclusive Inclusion: Youth and Neoliberal Consumerism in Cairo. Trialog 111:4-11.

2014 One Mosque and the Negotiation of German Islam. Culture and Religion 15(3):313-333.

2014 A Neighborhood Shopping Street and the Making of Urban Cultures and Economies in Germany. City and Community 13(2):140-157.

2014 Mosques and Minarets: Conflict, Participation, and Visibility in German Cities. Special issue on “Globalizing Urban Spaces,” Denise Lawrence-Zuniga and Deborah Pellow, eds. Anthropological Quarterly 87(3):793-818.

2014 Flexible Topographies: Muslim Spaces in a German Cityscape. Special issue on “Public Religion and Postsecular Urban Space in Europe,” Martijn Oosterbaan, ed. Social and Cultural Geography 15(2): 627-644.

2014 Crushed? Cairo’s Garbage Collectors and Neoliberal Urban Politics. Special issue on “Arab Cities,” Najib Hourani and Ahmed Kanna, eds. Journal of Urban Affairs (online version available).

2014 Cinderella Wears a Hijab: Neighborhoods, Islam and the Everyday Production of Multi-Ethnic Urban Cultures in Germany. Space and Culture 17(1):29-42..

2012 Women, Leadership, and Participation in Mosques and Beyond: Notes from Stuttgart, Germany. In Women, Leadership and Mosques: Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority. Hilary Kalmbach and Masooda Bano, (eds.). Leiden: Brill, pp.323-344.