Mirjam Künkler

Professor and Senior Fellow, Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Mirjam Künkler holds an MA in Political Studies from the University of Cape Town and a Ph.D.
in Comparative Politics from Columbia University, New York. She taught Near Eastern Studies
at Princeton University and has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Berlin Graduate School of
Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian
and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) in Leiden, and the Lichtenberg-Kolleg in Göttingen. In 2014,
she was a PI for a six-month research group on Constitutionalism and Religion at the Zentrum
für interdisziplinäre Forschung (ZIF) in Bielefeld. She has held visiting posts at the Department
of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, the Faculty of Social Sciences
at the University of Tehran and at the Islamic State University, Makassar.

Künkler’s books are Democracy and Islam in Indonesia (Columbia University Press, 2013); Law,
Religion and Democracy in the Thought of Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde
(Oxford University Press,
2016 [Vol. I] and 2017 [Vol. II]); and A Secular Age Beyond the West (Cambridge University Press,

Künkler has guest-edited special issues of and symposia for the journals Cambridge Journal of Law
and Religion
(January 2013), Party Politics (March 2013), Modern Asian Studies (March 2014),
American Behavioral Scientist (July 2016), and Asian Studies Review (December 2016).

At SCAS, Künkler will be continuing her work on constitutionalism in the Islamic Republic of Iran
and female religious authority in contemporary Islam.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2016-17.