Verena Meyer received her Magister degree in philosophy from Universität Passau in 2011 and her M.St. in the Study of Religion from the University of Oxford in 2012. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, where her area is Islam. She specializes in the Islamic traditions of contemporary Java and their roots in colonial, pre-colonial, and even pre-Islamic Java. She is particularly interested in the relation of Sufism and ethics and uses historical narratives of Javanese saints in order to investigate how ethical norms are formulated in relation to holiness. She relates her specialized research to broad interests in Sufism, Islamic philosophy and theology, and Southeast Asian Islam.