Khaled Beydoun

Khaled Beydoun

Associate Professor of Law; Associate Director of Civil Rights and Social Justice, Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights

Khaled Beydoun

  • Biography

    Khaled A. Beydoun, a native of Detroit, is a leading scholar on national security, the War on Terror, and civil rights. He is the author of the critically acclaimed American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear (University of California Press), and co-editor of Islamophobia and the Law, a critical reader published by Cambridge University Press. His next book, The New Crusades: Islamophobia, the World and the Wars Between will be published in 2021, again with the University of California Press.

    Beydoun's research investigates modern modes of policing and their impact on Arab and Muslim communities. A Critical Race theorist, he is specifically interested in the War on Terror's impact on the First Amendment liberties of these and other disproportionately affected groups in the United States. His work has been published in top law journals, including the University of California Law Review, the Northwestern Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, the Harvard Civil Liberties-Civil Rights Law Review and more.

    In addition to his scholarly work, Beydoun is regarded as a leading public intellectual on Islamophobia, in the United States and abroad, and matters germane to policing and profiling of Muslim populations. His insights have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, The Guardian, the BBC and more. In addition to his public commentary, Beydoun is an established advocate, earning the coveted Racial Equality Fellowship from the Open Society Foundation and serving on the Michigan Advisory Committee of the United States Commission for Civil Rights.

    Before joining the faculty at Wayne Law, Beydoun taught at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville School of law. He also served as a Scholar-in-Residence at the University of California-Berkeley School of Law, and still served as a Senior Affiliated Faculty Member at the University of California-Berkeley Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project (IRDP).

    He earned his law degree from the UCLA School of Law, an LL.M. from the University of Toronto, and his A.B. from the University of Michigan. He will earn his M.Ed. in Technology, Innovation and Education from Harvard University in May of 2021.

  • Degrees and Certifications

    M.Ed., Harvard University (2021)
    J.D., UCLA School of Law
    LL.M., University of Toronto Faculty of Law
    A.B., University of Michigan

  • Selected publications

    The Darkside of Digital Surveillance, 79 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. (forthcoming 2022)

    On Sacred Land, 105 Minn. L. Rev. (2021)

    Islamophobia and the Law, Cambridge University Press (2020) (with Cyra Choudhury)

    Faith In Whiteness: Free Exercise of Religion As Racial Expression, 105 Iowa L. Rev. 1475 (2020)

    Fear of a Black and Brown Internet: Policing Online Activism, 100 B.U. L. Rev. 1153 (2020) (invited submission with Sahar Aziz)

    Lone Wolf Terrorism: Types, Stripes and Double Standards, 112 Northwestern Univ. Law Review 1213 (2018)

    Acting Muslim, 53 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 1 (2018)

    Reverse Passing, 64 UCLA Law Review 282 (w/ Erika Wilson, 2017)

    Between Indigence, Islamophobia and Erasure, 104 California Law Review 1463 (2016)

    “Muslim Bans” and the (Re)Making of Political Islamophobia, Univ. of Illinois Law Review 1756 (2017)

    Bisecting American Islam: Divide, Conquer, and Counter-Radicalization, 69 Hastings Law Journal 429 (2017)

    Beyond the Paris Attacks: Unveiling the War Within French Counterterror Policy, 65 American Univ. Law Review 1273 (2016)

    America, Islam, and Constitutionalism: Muslim American Poverty and the Mounting Police State, 31 Journal of Law & Religion 279 (2016)

    Boxed In: Reclassification of Arab Americans on the U.S. Census As Progress or Peril?, 47 Loyola Univ. Chicago Law Journal 101 (2016)

    Islam Incarcerated: Religious Accommodation of Muslim Prisoners Before Holt v. Hobbs, 84 Univ. of Cincinnati Law Review 99 (2016)

    Antebellum Islam, 58 Howard Law Journal 141 (2015)

    Between Muslim and White: The Legal Construction of Arab American Identity, 69 NYU Annual Survey of American Law 29 (2013)

    Without Color of Law: The Losing Race Against Colorblindness in Michigan, 12 Michigan Journal of Race & Law 465 (2007)

    The Trafficking of Domestic Workers Into Lebanon, 24 Berkeley Jourmal of Int'l Law 1009 (2006)

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  • Accomplishments
    • Khaled Beydoun contributed an article in The Washington Post, "The world of inconsistencies between Ukraine, the Middle East and beyond."
    • Khaled Beydoun was named an 'Extraordinary Professor' by the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice at the University of the Western in Cape in South Africa. 
    • Khaled A. Beydoun was included on The Muslim 500's list of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World. He's one of six people from the U.S. to be recognized for their work and dedication to social issues.
  • Courses taught by Khaled Beydoun