Carool Kersten is Senior Lecturer in the study of Islam and the Muslim World. Before joining King’s College London in 2007, he was a faculty member at the Centre of Graduate and International Studies at Payap University in Chiang Mai (Thailand) and the academic director (Thailand) of a US-based non-profit organization facilitating study-abroad programmes in thirteen countries. Prior to that, he spent more than ten years working in the Middle East.
He is the author of three books, the latest being Cosmopolitans and Heretics: New Muslim Intellectuals and the Study of Islam (Hurst and Columbia University Press, 2011), which was nominated for the AAR Prize for Best First Book in the History of Religions and the Bernard Schwarz Book Award of the Asia Society. He has co-edited Demystifying the Caliphate (Hurst and Columbia University Press, 2012) and maintains a blog: Critical Muslims .
Dr Kersten is the editor of the book series on Contemporary Thought in the Islamic World for Ashgate Publishing, and serves on the international advisory boards of the Journal of Global and International Studies, and Sociology of Islam (Brill). He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, and a Member of the Charted Institute of Linguists.
Carool Kersten has a PhD in the study of religions from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) from King’s College London, an MA (cum laude) in Arabic Language and Culture from Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands), and a Certificate in Southeast Asian Studies from Payap University in Thailand. During a sabbatical year (1995-96), he did graduate work in philosophy at his Alma Mater in The Netherlands.