Before coming to Valparaiso University in January 1999, Nelly Van Doorn-Harder taught Islamic Studies at a university in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and helped initiate an Institute for the Study of Religion and Interfaith. Prior to that She spent over four years in Cairo, Egypt, where She worked as the director of a refugee agency. Her career started in the Netherlands as a lecturer of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Leiden. She returned to Egypt in the fall of 2005, when the American University in Cairo (AUC) invited her to teach in the Coptic Studies Chair. In 2007 Nelly had the opportunity to return to Indonesia as a Senior Fulbright Scholar. Apart from research activities She was involved in various inter-faith initatives.
- B.A. – Middle Eastern Studies, University of Utrecht 1978
- B.A. – Theology, University of Amsterdam 1986
- M.A. – Middle Eastern Studies, University of Amsterdam 1982
- Ph.D. – Free University of Amsterdam 1993