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 Past President of the Middle East Librarians Association (MELA), having served as President of the organization for 2018-2019. Dr. Correa has also served on the executive board of the Middle East Materials Project of the Center for Research Libraries.
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 2020-2022 RBS-Mellon Cultural Heritage Fellow.
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 and New York University, and lectures frequently in the U.S. and abroad on the Islamic intellectual tradition.