Alexander Kronemer is a frequent writer and speaker on religious diversity, Islamic awareness and cross-cultural communication. He has a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Harvard University, where his research concentrated on the philosophy of religion and comparative religion. In 1996, he was awarded a Joseph J. Malone Fellowship for Middle East and Islamic Studies, which funded him for a study tour of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
Mr. Kronemer has published essays in numerous newspapers and journals, including the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, the San Jose Mercury News and The Washington Post. His articles have been included in several book anthologies, including “What Would Muhammad Say About Terrorism,” in the September 11 memorial book, Up From the Ashes, and “Islam and Democracy” in Taking Back Islam.
He has received numerous writing awards, among them a 2000 grant from the Montgomery County Commission on the Humanities and a 1989 Halberstam Writing Fellowship.
For Connecting Cultures, he has delivered training on Arab culture, religious diversity and Islam for the World Affairs Council in Washington, D.C., the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, numerous colleges and universities, including Princeton, Cornell, Yale and Harvard University, and for private corporations, including Nike, Aetna, and Walt Disney World.
He has appeared as a CNN commentator on several occasions, including during CNN’s historic live coverage of the Hajj in 1998, which was broadcast to 400 million viewers. He has also been heard in many radio interviews, such as NPR and the Voice of America.
In 2000, Mr. Kronemer served a one-year appointment at the Bureau of Human Rights in the U.S. State Department focusing on U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East. During that year, Mr. Kronemer also served as a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland.
He is the co-founder of Unity Productions Foundation and creator and co-producer of the award winning PBS documentaries: Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain and Prince Among Slaves. All three of these programs received national broadcasts. The projects were supported by: the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Black Programming Consortium and over 2,000 other individual, business, and institutional donors. His production aired on PBS Islamic Art Mirror of the Invisible World a national broadcast on PBS in 2012. Enemy of the Reich: The Story of Noor Inayat Khan broadcast across the United States to 2.5 million viewers.