An expert on world religions and spiritual traditions, 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, Taoism, and other religions and spiritual practices at Columbia, Harvard, Brown, and the American University of Beirut.
She has forged strong connections with Sufi masters around the globe, and translated ancient Egyptian, Coptic, Demotic, Arabic, Persian, and Akkadian religious and spiritual texts. She teaches Sufi whirling in Beirut, Istanbul, and New York.
For her research on Islam / Sufism / Buddhism / Hinduism / shamanism, she has been a Research Scholar in Law and an Islamic Law and Civilization Research Fellow at Yale Law School in the Abdallah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization, an editor of SHARIASource at Harvard Law School, an American Center of Mongolian Studies Fellow, an American Institute of Indonesian Studies Fellow, 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.