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 Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia (2008-2010), and a year at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Study (2010-2011). He is on leave in 2013-2014 and spends a second year at the Harvard Academy.
His research combines urban history and social anthropology. The book manuscript he is currently completing is entitled Kingdom Adrift: Urban Spaces and Youth Revolt in Saudi Arabia (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). It explores the relationship between car drifting, urban planning and the commoditization of urban spaces in Riyadh, the Saudi capital.
Menoret’s next book project will study the globalization of urban planning from 1945 to 1975. 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).
Before his doctoral fieldwork in Riyadh (2005-2007), Menoret studied Arabic with Houda Ayoub in Paris and German philosophy with Gérard Lebrun at the Université de Provence. He wrote his M.A. on a Saudi TV series, Tash Ma Tash, and his B.A. thesis on religion and politics in Hegel’s philosophy. Menoret graduated from the Lycée Lacordaire in Marseille in 1994.