Prof. Mirjam Künkler

Mirjam Künkler works on Iranian and Indonesian politics. She has published on comparative relations between religion and state in the two countries, on political parties, questions of law and constitutionalism, religious education, and Islamic authority. Her most recent work has focused on questions of female religious authority in Islam, comparative secularism, and the place of religion in the two countries’ legal systems.

She has published books with Columbia University Press and Oxford University Press, and guest-edited special issues and symposia for the journals Party Politics (19(2)), Cambridge Journal of Law and Religion (28(2)), Modern Asian Studies (48(2)), the American Behavioral Scientist (60(8)), the Asian Studies Review (40(4)), and the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (45(1)). Künkler is a PI of the Iran Data Portal.

Before joining SCAS, she taught Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University for many years, 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” from 2008-2012.

At SCAS, she is working on her second monograph, dealing with constitutionalism in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Many of her publications can be downloaded at