Pascal Menoret completed his Ph.D. in 2008 from the Department of History at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He joined NYUAD in 2011 after two years as a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton’s Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia (2008-2010), and a year at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies (2010-2011). He is on leave in 2013-2014 and spends a second year at the Harvard Academy.
Pascal's research combines urban history and social anthropology. His book, Joyriding in Riyadh: Oil, Urbanism, and Road Revolt, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. Joyriding in Riyadh explores the relationship between urban planning and youth unrest in the Saudi capital. His new book project, entitled Graveyard of the Clerics: Religious Activism in Saudi Suburbia, is a cultural history of the Saudi Islamic movements since the mid-1960s. He has published The Saudi Enigma: A History (Zed Books, 2005) and L'Arabie, des routes de l'encens à l'ère du pétrole (Gallimard, 2010). He is also interested in literary translation from Arabic into English, urban music in the Middle East and Southern Europe, and modern architecture.
Before his doctoral fieldwork in Riyadh (2005-2007), Pascal studied Arabic with Houda Ayoub in Paris and German philosophy with Gérard Lebrun at the Université de Provence. He wrote his M.A. thesis on a Saudi TV series, Tash Ma Tash, and his B.A. thesis on religion and politics in Hegel’s philosophy. He graduated from the Lycée Lacordaire in Marseille in 1994.