An expert on world religions, Emily is invited regularly to give lectures on spirituality and to foster interfaith dialogue in the United States and abroad. She has taught courses on Islam/Sufism, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, shamanism, and other religions at Columbia, Harvard, Brown, and the American University of Beirut. She has enjoyed a private audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, forged strong connections with Sufi masters around the globe, and translated ancient Egyptian, Coptic, and Akkadian religious texts.
For her research on Islam/Sufism and shamanism, she has been a Fulbright-Hays Fellow, an Edward A. Hewett Policy Fellow, a Harvard Research Fellow, a Harvard Traveling Fellow, an American Councils Research Fellow, a Title VIII Research Scholar, and an IREX Fellow. She teaches Sufi whirling in Beirut, Istanbul, and New York.