Dr. Bernard Haykel is Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University and Director of the Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. He was formerly associate professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern history at New York University.
Dr. Haykel's research concerns political and social tensions that arise from questions about religious identity and authority. He has published extensively on the Salafi movement in both its pre-modern and modern manifestations. He co-edited Saudi Arabia in Transition; Insights on Social, Political, Economic and Religious Change (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and published Revival and Reform in Islam: the Legacy of Muhammad al-Shawkani (Cambridge University Press, 2003). He has published in the New York Times and has talked about terrorism on CNN. He has been described as "the foremost authority on the Islamic State's ideology."
Dr. Haykel holds a Ph.D. from Oxford University. He held a Fulbright Fellowship in Yemen in 1992-1993 and he was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2010. In addition to English, Dr. Haykel is fluent in Arabic and French. He has taught advanced level Arabic at Georgetown, Oxford, and Princeton.