Dale J. Correa, PhD, MS/LIS,
is the Middle East Studies Librarian and History Coordinator for the University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin. She is an active member of the Middle East Librarians Association (MELA), having served as Vice-President/Program Chair 2017-2018; President 2018-2019; and Past President 2019-2021. Dr. Correa has also served on the executive board of the Middle East Materials Project of the Center for Research Libraries. She was chair of MELA's Digital Scholarship Interest Group for 2021-2022.
Dr. Correa currently co-chairs the UT Libraries' Scan Tech Studio working group, which organizes programming, services, and the physical space of UT Libraries' independent digitization studio located in the Scholars Lab. She teaches regularly on topics related to digitization, optical character and handwritten text recognition, and corpus building and analysis. She is also serving on the advisory board of the CRL-East View Global Press Archive Charter Alliance, an initiative to digitize crucial press publications from around the world.
Dr. Correa was an NYU Dean's Dissertation and a Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Eurasia Program Fellow for 2013-2014, and an International Research and Exchanges Board Independent Advanced Research Opportunities Fellow and an SSRC Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellow in Uzbekistan and Turkey for 2011-2012. She is currently a 2020-2023 RBS-Mellon Fellow for Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Heritage.
Her research interests include the development of theory and methodology for the academic study of Islam and religion; social/communitarian epistemology; manuscript history; multilingualism in the pre-modern Islamicate intellectual tradition; and the life and works of 'Umar Najm al-Din al-Nasafi (d. 537/1142). She specializes in formative and post-formative Islamic law, legal theory, theology (kalām and otherwise), and Qurʾānic exegesis, and in the pre-modern intellectual history of the eastern regions of the Islamicate empire, especially Transoxania.
Dr. Correa is an active member of the Middle East Librarians Association, the Middle East Studies Association, the American Academy of Religion, and the American Oriental Society. She has taught at Dartmouth College, New York University, and UT Austin, and lectures frequently around the world on the Islamic intellectual tradition and Middle East library topics.