Abdullah Antepli Appointed to Lead Community-Engaged Research and Teaching

In this role, Antepli will lead the new university-wide Center for Community Engagement and work to expand Duke’s capacity to meet community partners’ needs and achieve shared goals and benefits.

portrait of Abdullah Antepli on West Campus

Antepli will also continue to serve as a faculty member of the Sanford School of Public Policy and Duke Divinity School.

“We are delighted to welcome Abdullah to this pivotal new role,” said Williams. “I look forward to working with him to advance purposeful partnerships between the university and surrounding communities in a collaborative manner that responds to local needs and priorities and melds the university’s teaching and research mission with our deep commitment to service.”

Antepli will lead a new center dedicated to strengthening community partnerships, facilitating coordination of community involvement across the university. The center will launch early next year.

“Abdullah’s deep commitment to understanding others’ perspectives complements his extensive experience building meaningful interpersonal connections across divides,” said Balleisen.  We could not hope for a more thoughtful leader to serve as a connecting point for community organizations, faculty and students seeking opportunities to work together to address local and regional needs.”

Antepli previously served as Duke’s first Muslim chaplain and director of Center for Muslim Life from July 2008 to 2014, and then as the school’s chief representative for Muslim affairs from July 2014 to 2019. He is a senior fellow on Jewish-Muslim Relations at Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem since 2012, Antepli earned his master of divinity at Hartford Seminary and completed his undergraduate studies at Ondokuz Mayıs University in his native Turkey.