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Judd King

Adjunct Professorial Lecturer Department of Sociology

Judd King currently teaches in the Department of Philosophy and Religion and is affiliated with the Arab World Studies Program. His primary research interests are modern political Islam, contemporary Turkey, and moral psychology, although he is also trained in Islamic intellectual history. Through years of research in Turkey, he has developed an extensive network of contacts including intellectuals, journalists, civil servants, and politicians from across the political spectrum. His dissertation, based on detailed ethnographic interviews he conducted with core “Islamist” voters supporting Turkey's ruling AK Party, explores how ideological beliefs which are not rationally consistent with each other can coexist within the same person – in turn demonstrating why the beliefs of political actors are not a sufficient basis to predict their behavior. His current research examines the way some Muslims espouse conspiracy theories imputing a non-Muslim origin to ISIS/Da'esh. Proficient in several regional languages, Judd has experience working, living, and conducting research in the Middle East extending back to 2001.


Ph.D., Islamic Studies (Georgetown University); M.A., Arab Studies (Georgetown University Graduate School of Foreign Service); B.A., Comparative and International Studies & Asian and African Languages and Literatures (Duke University)

Languages Spoken
Arabic (Classical/Modern Standard), Arabic (Colloquial Egyptian), French, Persian, Turkish
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