Dr Carool Kersten has been at King’s College London since 2007. Before that he was a faculty member at the Centre for International and Graduate Studies at Payap University in Thailand. He has also been an associate lecturer at the Open University (UK), a guest lecturer at the Institute of Ismaili Institute (IIS), a research associate at the Institute of Philosophical Studies in Koper (Slovenia), and research affiliate at the Asia Research Institute (ARI) of the National University of Singapore.
Dr Kersten has a PhD in the study of religions from SOAS; an MA (cum laude) in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies from Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands); and a Certificate in Southeast Asian Studies from Payap University (Thailand). He is also a sworn translator with the Courts in the Netherlands and a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) in the UK.
Before turning to an academic career, he worked for 12 years in the corporate sector, including 10 years as an expatriate in Saudi Arabia.
Research interests and PhD supervision
- Intellectual history of the modern Muslim world
- Political Islam
- Theory and method in the study of religions
Please see Dr Kersten's Research Profile for further details.
Dr Kersten teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules on modern and contemporary Islam with an emphasis on politics and intellectual history.
Expertise and public engagement
Dr Kersten is the founding editor of the book series Contemporary Thought in the Islamic World, published by Routledge. He is also a founding member of the British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS), and serves on its council and advisory board.
Dr Kersten appears regularly in the international media as a commentator on current affairs and developments in the Muslim world. In 2015 this work was recognized with the King’s Award for Media Personality of the Year
He has also worked as a consultant to the BBC for the development of online content about Islam and Muslims, and for the Religion Media Centre for their project on improving religious literacy among media professionals.
Dr Kersten is also an expert member of Het Grote Midden-Oosten Platform (GMOP, Great Middle East Platform) in The Netherlands.
Kersten, C., 21 Sep 2021, In: World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article - peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/02604027.2021.1974264
Kersten, C., 28 Dec 2020, In: Poligrafi. 25, 99/100, p. 5-26 22 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article - peer-review
Kersten, C., 21 Dec 2020, In: BNGM: Low Countries Historical Review. 135, 2 Research output: Contribution to journal - Book/Film/Article review - peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.18352/bmgn-lchr.10801
Kersten, C., 4 Dec 2020, In: ANTHROPOS. 115, 2, p. 602 604 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Book/Film/Article review - peer-review
Kersten, C. & Endresen, C., 29 Nov 2020, Blasphemies Compared: Transgressive Speech in a Globalised World. Stensvold, A. (ed.). London: Routledge, p. 192 213 p. (Routledge Studies in Religion). Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter - peer-review
Kersten, C., Sep 2020, Ideologies in World Politics. Giesen, K-G. (ed.). Wiesbaden: Springer, p. 11-31 21 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter - peer-review
Kersten, C., 2020, In: Poligrafi. 25, 99-100, p. 5-26 22 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article - peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.35469/poligrafi.2020.227
Kersten, K. P. L. G., 18 Dec 2019, In: ANTHROPOS. 114, 2, p. 657 301 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Book/Film/Article review - peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09518967.2019.1671014
Kersten, K. P. L. G., Aug 2019, Encyclopaedia of Islam: Third Edition. Fleet, K., Kraemer, G., Matringe, D., Nawas, J. & Rowson, E. (eds.). Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, p. 135-137 3 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Entry in encyclopedia/dictionary - peer-review
Kersten, K. P. L. G., 10 Jul 2019, London and New York: Routledge. 307 p. (Contemporary Thought in the Islamic World) Research output: Book/Report - Book - peer-review