Dr. Palmer is a Professor affiliated with the Islamic Studies Department at the University of Kentucky. He teaches courses in Islamic Mysticism, Law, Theology and Arabic. On top of that, he's also done work in Arabic language pedagogy, and is currently studying Islamic mysticism and Sufi movements in the early and modern periods.
Dr. Bagby obtained his PhD from the University of Michigan in Near Eastern Studies with specialty in Islamic Law. His research for the last 10 years has focused on Muslims in America. In 2001 he published the results of the first comprehensive study of mosques in America, entitled The Mosque in America: A National Portrait. He teaches courses in Islamic Civilization, Fundamentalism and Reform in Islam, Women in Islam, Topics in Islamic Studies, and Modern Standard Arabic.