Brett Wilson is specialist in Islamic studies and modern Middle Eastern history. His research explores modernisation and religious transformation with recent projects examining varieties of Islamic nationalism, Middle Eastern print history, the cultural history of the Qur’an as well as Sufism. He earned his BA at the University of South Carolina, during the course of which he spent one year studying at Bosphorus University (Boğaziçi Üniversitesi) in Istanbul, Turkey. Following his undergraduate work, he studied Arabic in Cairo, Egypt and went on to complete his graduate studies in Islamic Studies at Duke University in Durham, NC (USA).
Thanks to several research fellowships - including the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grant, the Institute of Turkish Studies Dissertation Completion Grant, and the ITS Sabbatical Grant - he was able to spend several extended periods working in archives and libraries in Turkey.
In 2009, Wilson became Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota (USA), where he serves as Director of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and teaches a range of courses on related topics. For 2014-15, he was awarded a research fellowship at Central European University in Budapest, where is currently working on his second book project on Sufism in modern Turkey.