R. David Coolidge, Associate University Chaplain for the Muslim Community

R. David Coolidge is the Associate University Chaplain for the Muslim Community at Brown University. Before Brown, he was the Muslim Advisor at Dartmouth College (2008-2009) and an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY (2007).

In 2008, he graduated from Princeton with an MA in Religion, where his studies focused on the interpretation and practice of Islam in 21st century America. In 2001, he received his BA from Brown, with honors in Religious Studies for a thesis entitled "Muslim Perceptions of Hinduism: Al-Biruni’s Kitab al-Hind and Al-Shahrastani’s Kitab al-Milal wa’l-Nihal.”

In addition to his work and studies within higher education, he has been involved with various American Muslim institutions. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Ta'leef Collective, based in Fremont, CA. He has taught courses and lectured at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC), the Islamic Center at New York University (ICNYU), and for various Muslim Student Associations (MSAs) and mosques throughout the US. He has studied Islam and Arabic at the American Learning Institute for Muslims (A.L.I.M.), the Institute of Islamic Education (IIE), Nawawi Foundation, and privately with a variety of Muslim scholars.

His wife, Sumaiya Balbale (Brown '02, Harvard MBA '09), runs a successful retail website based in New Jersey, and they live together in New York City. David comes to Brown Tuesdays through Fridays to fulfill his duties as Muslim Chaplain.