Sindre Bangstad

Visting Professor;
Stanley J. Kelley Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Teaching of Anthropology
KIFO Institute For Church, Religion and Worldview Research, Oslo, Norway
313 Aaron Burr Hall
Office Hours
Tuesday: 9:00 am-10:00 am
Wednesday: 4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Or by appointment.

Teaching Fall 2022

Current Issues in Anthropology: Liberalism, Racism & Free Speech - ANT 306


Sindre Bangstad is a Norwegian-born anthropologist, and the incoming Stanley Kelley Jr. Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Teaching of Anthropology at Princeton. He holds a cand.polit. degree from the University of Bergen in Norway, and a PhD from Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Bangstad has undertaken ethnographic fieldwork among Muslims in Cape Town, South Africa and among Muslim youth in Oslo, Norway. He is the author of nine books and edited volumes in English and Norwegian, including the 2014 monograph Anders Breivik and the Rise of Islamophobia (Zed Books/Bloomsbury). Bangstad was the initiator and organizer of a series in public anthropology at the Houses of Literature in Oslo and Bergen which from 2010 to 2020 brought leading international anthropologists to Norway. He was awarded the 2019 Anthropology in the Media Award (AIME) from the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in recognition of his work in disseminating anthropological knowledge and insight through the public media. Bangstad was a 2017 Anthropology News columnist. As an anthropologist, Bangstad has published extensively in a wide range of public media, including The Guardian UK, Boston Review, al-Jazeera English, Africa Is A Country, New Frame and the SSRC’s The Immanent Frame. Bangstad has been a Research Professor at KIFO (Institute For Church, Religion and Worldview Research) in Oslo, Norway, since 2019, and an Associate Researcher at Plattform/Arkivet in Kristiansand, Norway, since 2021. Bangstad served as a board member of the Norwegian Center Against Racism (ARS) in Norway between 2015 and 2020, and was a member of the Theory from the Margins Research Network from 2020 to 2022. In his work, Bangstad has sought to advance substantial diversity in academia by introducing the work of black and minority scholars and scholars from the Global South in Norwegian academia and publishing. He has given invited lectures at Columbia University, UConn, the Institute For Advanced Studies (IAS) at Princeton and the University of Edinburgh.  Bangstad’s research interests include Islam and Muslims, secularism, hate speech, free speech, racism and the far- right.

Select publications


Sindre Bangstad. 2014. Anders Breivik and the Rise of Islamophobia. London and New York: Zed Books/Bloomsbury.

Sindre Bangstad. 2015. The Politics of Mediated Presence: Exploring the Voices of Muslims in Norway’s Mediated Public Spheres. Oslo: Scandinavian Academic Press.

Sindre Bangstad and Cora A. Døving. 2015. Hva er rasisme [What is Racism]. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.

Sindre Bangstad. 2017. Anthropology of Our Times: An Edited Volume in Public Anthropology. New York and London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Journal articles

Sindre Bangstad. 2005. ‘Hydra’s Heads: PAGAD and Responses to the PAGAD phenomenon in a Cape Muslim Community’, Journal of Southern African Studies 31 (1): 187-208.   

Sindre Bangstad. 2009. ‘Contesting Secularism/s: Secularism and Islam in the Work of Talal Asad’, Anthropological Theory 9 (2): 188-208.

Sindre Bangstad. 2012. ‘Terror in Norway’, American Anthropologist 114 (2): 152-53.