Director, Islamic Legal Studies Program
Faculty Director, Animal Law & Policy Program
Kristen Stilt is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She also serves as Faculty Director of the Animal Law & Policy Program, Director of the Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change, and is a Deputy Dean. Stilt was named a Carnegie Scholar for her work on Constitutional Islam, and in 2013 she was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. She has also received awards from Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays. She 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. She also has a PhD in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. Her research focuses on animal law, and in particular the intersection of animal law and religious law; Islamic law and society; and comparative constitutional law. Publications include Islamic Law in Action (Oxford University Press, 2011); “Constitutional Innovation and Animal Protection in Egypt,” Law & Social Inquiry (forthcoming); “Contextualizing Constitutional Islam: The Malaysian Experience,” International Journal of Constitutional Law (2005); “Animals,” in the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law (Oxford University Press, 2017), with Jessica Eisen; and “Animals,” in The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Law, eds. Anver Emon and Rumee Ahmed (Oxford University Press, 2017). She is currently working on a new book project entitled Halal Animals.