Dr. Khalil al-Anani is a visiting scholar in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. He is also the editor of Critical Studies on Islamism series with I.B.Tauris and Bloomsbury.  Prof. Al-Anani taught at several esteemed universities including Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and George Mason University. ​Prof. al-Anani's teaching and research focuses on Comparative Politics with a particular interest in authoritarianism and democratization, religion and politics, state violence, social movements, and migration and exile politics. His scholarship covers Islamism, political violence, Arab politics with a special focus on North African countries such as Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, and Sudan. He is a leading academic expert on Islamism particularly the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafism where he spent the last two decades researching them.

Prof. al-Anani has published several books (in English and Arabic) including Islamism and Revolutions Across the Middle East (Bloomsbury & I.B.Tauris, 2021), After the Arab Revolutions: Decentring Democratic Transition Theory (Edinburgh University Press, 2021), Inside the Muslim Brotherhood: Religion, Identity, and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2016), Elections and Democratization in the Middle East (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014), and The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt: Gerontocracy Fighting against Time? (in Arabic) (Cairo: Shorouk Press, 2007). ​He also published several peer-reviewed articles and book reviews at various journals such as Democratization, Politics and Religion, The Middle East Journal, Middle East Law & Governance, Sociology of Islam, Perspectives on Politics, and Digest of Middle East Studies.

Prof. al-Anani holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from Durham University (UK).

Selected Publications

  • Islamism and Revolutions Across the Middle East: Transformations of Ideology and Strategy After the Arab Spring (I.B.Tauris & Bloomsbury, 2021)
  • After the Arab Revolutions: Decentring Democratic Transition Theory (Edinburgh University Press, 2021) (co-edited)
  • Inside the Muslim Brotherhood: Religion, Identity, and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2016)
  • “Islam and Islamism” (co-author) in The Political Science of the Middle East: Theory and Research Since the Arab Uprisings, Marc Lynch, Jillian Schwedler, and Sean Yom (eds.) (Oxford University Press, 2022).
  • “Rethinking Religion and Democratic Transition: Lessons from the Arab World,” in After the Arab Revolutions: Decentering Democratic Transition Theory, (Edinburgh University Press, 2022)
  •  “Muslim Brotherhood: Ideology, Organization, and Activism.”, The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, edited by David A. Snow, Donatella Della Porta, Doug McAdam, and Bert Klandermans (2022)
  • “Devout Neoliberalism?! Explaining Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood's Socio-economic Perspective and Policies,” Politics and Religion, Vol. 13, Issue 4, December 2020, pp. 748-767.
  • “The Inclusion-Moderation Thesis: Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, August 2019.
  • “Rethinking the Repression-Dissent Nexus: Assessing Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood’s Response to Repression since the Coup of 2013.” Democratization, 2019, VOL. 26, NO. 8, 1329–1341.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Graduate Award (2012)
  • Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA), UK (2011-2013)
  • Durham University Learning and Teaching Award (DULTA), UK (2012)
  • El-Masry Foundation Scholarship for Graduate Studies at Durham University, UK
  • Fulbright Fellowship in the U.S., Summer 2011.
  • Winner of Chevening Scholarship for master’s degree at London School of Economics (LSE)
  • Major Research Fund grant ($30.000) from Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Doha, Qatar (2017-2020)
  • Arab Reform Initiative Grant ($12.000) for research on Salafi political parties in Egypt (2012).
  • Middle East Research Center (MERC) Grant ($8.000), (2012).
  • Visiting Fellow, the Brookings Institute, 2008.