Max Weiss studies and teaches the social, cultural, and intellectual history of the modern Middle East. His scholarly interests include law and society, religious culture, history of ideas, and the translation of contemporary Arabic literature into English. Raised in southern California, Professor Weiss completed a double B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology and History at UC Berkeley (1999) and earned his Ph.D. in modern Middle East history from Stanford University (2007). Prior to joining the faculty at Princeton, where he is the Elias Boudinot Bicentennial Preceptor and Assistant Professor of History and Near Eastern Studies, he held a postdoctoral fellowship in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton (2007-08), and was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows (2008-10, 2011-12).