About Dr. Mattison

Dr. Ingrid Mattson, President


Islamic Society of North America



 Dr. Ingrid Mattson is the Director of Islamic Chaplaincy and Professor at the Macdonald Center for Islamic Studies & Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, CT. 

Dr. Mattson was born in Canada, where she studied Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, Ontario (B.A. ’87). From 1987-1988 she lived in Pakistan where she worked with Afghan refugee women. In 1995 she served as advisor to the Afghan delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

 During her graduate studies in Chicago, Dr. Mattson was involved with the local Muslim community, serving on the board of directors of the Universal School in Bridgeview and as a member of the Interfaith Committee of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago.

Dr. Mattson earned her Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago in 1999.

Her research is focused on Islamic law and society; among her articles are studies on slavery, poverty and Islamic legal theory.

In 2001 she was elected Vice-President of ISNA and in 2006 she was elected President of the organization.

 Dr. Mattson lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.


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