February 1, 2021

Kristen Stilt

Kristen A. Stilt

Kristen A. Stilt is Professor of Law and Director of Harvard Law School’s Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World. She is also the Faculty Director of the Animal Law & Policy Program at the Law School.

Prior to coming to HLS, Stilt was Harry R. Horrow Professor in International Law at Northwestern Law School and Professor of History at Northwestern University.

Her research focuses on the intersection of animal law and religious law; Islamic law and society; animal law; and comparative constitutional law.  Representative publications include Islamic Law in Action (Oxford University Press, 2011); “Constitutional Innovation and Animal Protection in Egypt,” Law & Social Inquiry (2018); and “Law” in Critical Terms for Animal Studies, edited by Lori Gruen (University of Chicago Press, 2018). She is currently working on a new book project entitled Food, Faith, and the Future of Planetary Health to be published by Oxford University Press and the Oxford Handbook of Global Animal Law with co-editors Anne Peters and Saskia Stucki.

She was named a Carnegie Scholar for her work on constitutional Islam, and in 2013 was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. She has also received awards from Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays.

Stilt received a JD from the University of Texas School of Law, where she was an associate editor of the Texas Law Review and co-editor-in-chief of the Texas Journal of Women in the Law. Stilt holds a PhD in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University.