James R. King is an independent analyst in New York City, where he writes on Zaydism, Yemen and the broader Middle East. A former Fulbright fellow in Jordan, King lived in Yemen in 2007 as part of an American Institute for Yemeni studies fellowship, where he conducted interviews with leading Zaydi scholars on the Zaydi community in Yemen. This research was published as ‘Zaydis in a Post-Zaydi Yemen: Ulama Reactions to Zaydism’s Marginalization in the Republic of Yemen.’ King holds a B.A. in Middle East Studies from Calvin College and an M.A. in Islamic Studies from Columbia University.