Cole Bunzel

Postdoctoral Associate in Law and Islamic Law and Civilization Research Fellow


Cole Bunzel is a Postdoctoral Associate in Law and Islamic Law and Civilization Research Fellow at Yale Law. His research focuses on the history of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia, as well as the Jihadi-Salafi movement underpinning such groups as al-Qaʿida and the Islamic State, or ISIS.

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Ph.D. (Near Eastern Studies), Princeton University, 2018
A.M., Princeton University, 2015
M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 2012
A.B., Princeton University, 2008

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Cole Bunzel is a Postdoctoral Associate in Law and Islamic Law and Civilization Research Fellow at Yale Law. His research focuses on the history of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia, as well as the Jihadi-Salafi movement underpinning such groups as al-Qaʿida and the Islamic State, or ISIS. His dissertation examines the origins and evolution of Wahhabism, as a religious doctrine and political movement, from its emergence in the mid-eighteenth century in central Arabia to the present day.


Bunzel earned a A.B, summa cum laude, from Princeton University, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and an A.M. and Ph.D. from Princeton University.