Thomas Roland Harris
2018-2019 Boren Fellowship Awardee
Thomas Roland is a second year AM candidate who intends to write his thesis on Islamist politics and constitutionalism in contemporary Tunisia. His time at Harvard has included coursework in Islamic theology, politics, and religious institutions. He has studied twice each in Tunisia and Jordan, and is a student of both Arabic and French. Further research interests include political Islam outside of the state system, the post-colonial development of “secular states,” and questions of Muslim identity in France and Belgium. He holds a BA with honors from George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs where he focused on religion, politics, and the Arabic language. He grew up in Lexington, South Carolina.