ISARH: Who We Are


W. KESLER JACKSON received his Ph.D. in History (major field: Modern South Asia) from Syracuse University. He additionally holds a Master's degree in History from Syracuse, a Master's degree in Humanities from Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor's degree in Asian Studies from Brigham Young University. He is the author of several books, including Subcontinental Sunni Schism: the Deobandi-Barelvi Dynamic and the Making of Modern South Asia (University of Utah Press, 2017), Elijah Abel: The Life and Times of a Black Priesthood Holder (Cedar Fort, 2013), and The Tibet Gamble (Waterside Productions, Inc., 2012). Dr. Jackson has developed Asian history curricula for Salt Lake Community College, currently teaches as an adjunct professor at both Westminster College and at SLCC, and is editor of the Journal of South Asian Religious History. He has lived a combined six years in India, has traveled extensively in the region, and speaks Hindi, Urdu, Tibetan, Persian, and Polish. Currently Dr. Jackson is working on two book projects—a brief history of Islam in South Asia and a three-part history of the CIA in the "Muslim world." As part of his dissertation research in India and Pakistan, Dr. Jackson worked with many (mostly rural) publishers of Islamic religious history—a network that will benefit ISARH as a repository of such work in North America.


DANIEL K. WELCH earned his MAcc degree with an emphasis in tax from Brigham Young University, after which he joined the international tax services group of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas, Texas where he worked for two years advising large corporations on how to restructure their international operations. Daniel now owns a small business in Utah that provides consulting services to youth proctor/foster care facilities and residential treatment centers.


ANDREA NOORLANDER earned her Master's degree in Library and Information Sciences from Wayne State University (specializing in information architecture and web design/development) and her Bachelor's degree in General Studies (emphasis: Literature) from Brigham Young University. Her library sciences expertise is augmented by years teaching and working in Asia (including several years in India), North America, Africa, and Europe. Ms. Noorlander has professionally produced scores of educational media pieces (most recently creating several dozen 40-minute productions for Summus Preparatory Institute), and has faciliated scholarly webinars involving professors and audiences around the world. She speaks Finnish, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.

Board Members

ISARH's board is scheduled to be complete and organized by Summer 2015.

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