History and
Social Sciences

The faculty and students within our multidisciplinary department advance the study and practice of history and the social sciences through teaching, research, and outreach. Our research generates knowledge rooted in historical and social scientific approaches to the study of the human condition.


Alidadi, Katayoun

Katayoun Alidadi

Assistant Professor, History and Social Sciences
Faculty Suite C, Room 234

Katayoun Alidadi joined Bryant University in 2017 as an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies specializing in comparative law, human rights and the intersections of law and religion. She has written extensively on these topics, as well as on conflict of laws and employment law. Prior to entering academia, she was a practicing attorney, first with an international law firm in Brussels and later practicing public interest and small business law in Los Angeles with Public Counsel Law Center. She holds a PhD in law from the KULeuven (Leuven, Belgium) and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA, USA). In her doctoral thesis, she compared the legal treatment of religious symbols and practices in employment relations and unemployment benefits litigation in both Europe and North America. She has won a number of research and writing awards, including the 2013 Ius Commune Prize for her research on reasonable accommodation for religion and belief and the Addison Brown Prize at Harvard Law School for her paper on the recognition of Islamic talaq (divorce) in Western jurisdictions. Before joining Bryant University, she taught conflict of laws at the University of Houston Law Center and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle/Saale, Germany). Dr. Alidadi is affiliated with the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology as a Research Associate and has worked with public and private organizations on religious accommodation best practices in the workplace. She is the author of Religion, Equality and Employment in Europe: the Case for Reasonable Accommodation (Hart, 2017) and co-editor of A Test of Faith: Religious diversity and accommodation in the European workplace (Ashgate, 2012) and Belief, Law and Politics. What Future for a Secular Europe? (Ashgate, 2014).

Law & society; Law & religion; International business law; International trade law and human rights; Private international law; Legal anthropology

Minority rights and human rights; religious accommodation; private international law and Islamic law; comparative legal traditions

  • Law and Society Association
  • California State Bar (inactive status)
  • New York State Bar (inactive)
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion