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 (March 2013), Cambridge Journal of Law and Religion (Jan 2013), Modern Asian Studies (March 2014), the American Behavioral Scientist (July 2016), the Asian Studies Review (December 2016), and the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (January 2018). 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.

Several of her publications can be downloaded at