Twice a Fulbright Scholar in India, Dr. Hanson's research has focused on Islamic history in South Asia, especially the relationship of religion and political legitimacy. Other national fellowships and awards have enabled him to study in London, Sri Lanka and Jordan. Winner of the President's Award for Teaching Excellence, Dr. Hanson's classes are known for his extensive use of images from his own travels in over 40 countries.
Dr. Hanson has served as co-director of Cal Lutheran's international studies major and coordinator of the Global Studies Program and previously taught at St. Olaf College and Agra University in India. He is a founding board member of the South Asian Studies Association.
- History and Politics of South Asia - India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Mughal India Religions of South Asia
- Islamic Civilization
- History and Politics of the Middle East
- B.A. Luther College, Summa cum Laude
- Ph.D. The University of Chicago