Mirjam Künkler (PhD Political Science, Columbia University) is Research Professor of Comparative Social Science at the University of Bordeaux, France. She works on Iranian and Indonesian politics, particularly relations between religion and state in the two countries, on questions of law and constitutionalism, Islamic authority, religious education, and religious political parties. She previously taught Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, where she also directed the Oxford-Princeton research cluster on “Traditional authority and transnational religious networks in contemporary Shi’i Islam,” and co-directed the Luce Program on “Religion and International Affairs” for many years.
Her books include Democracy and Islam in Indonesia (2013), A Secular Age Beyond the West: Religion, Law and the State in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa (2018), Female Religious Authority in Shi‘i Islam: Past and Present (with Devin Stewart, 2018), and The Rule of Law and the Politics of the Judiciary in Contemporary Iran (with Hadi Enayat, 2019). She is a founder and Principal Investigator of the Iran Data Portal and sits on the boards of various academic journals, including the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Cambridge Journal of Law and Religion, Perspectives on Religion and Politics, and the International Journal of Islam in Asia.