Juan Cole

Non-Resident Fellow


Middle East, Islam in South Asia

Juan Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan.  A specialist in the Middle East, Islam and South Asia, he is author, editor or translator of 19 books and has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters.

Among his recent works are Muhammad: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires (Bold Type Books, 2018) and The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East (Simon & Schuster, 2014).  He is past president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, and has directed the Center for Middle East and North African Studies as well as the Center South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan.

He has served on the editorial boards of Political Science Quarterly, International Affairs, Iranian Studies and other journals. He has testified before the Senate Select Committee on Foreign Affairs on Iraq.

Since 2002, he has maintained the news and analysis site, Informed Comment. He has appeared widely in the media, including the PBS NewsHour, ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, the Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360, Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes' All In, CNN, the Colbert Report, Democracy Now! and many others.


"Democracy remains the most effective way to tackle terror, stop bloodshed and political violence in Arab countries."

- JAMAL KHASHOGGI, Al-Arabiya, June 12, 2016

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