Arpan Roy is the Program Coordinator for the Program in Islamic Studies. He helps organize events, create videos and other content, and generally takes care of the website.
Arpan is a recent PhD in the Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins. His research is with the Dom Romani people of Israel/Palestine. The main theoretical question in his dissertation is how "ethnic" difference articulates itself in the absence of obvious markers of difference like language, religion, race, etc., and without legal recognition from the state. In the case of Doms, a small but historically integral community to the Palestinian cultural tapestry, it is the fragile dialectic between family relationships (kinship) and social action (ethics) that makes and remakes ethnic difference. His dissertation is based on twenty-three months of ethnographic fieldwork in Israel/Palestine and Jordan between 2016-2020.
In addition to his dissertation research, Arpan is currently co-editing an interdisciplinary book project on "diversity" in the Palestinian social and historical tapestry, as well as a project that places the legacy of Arab Jerusalem into conversation with Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities. He has published articles in Anthropological Theory, Social Anthropology, CITY, and Jerusalem Quarterly.
Arpan also teaches as part-time faculty in the Program, as well as at the Maryland Institute College of Art.