Carole Hillenbrand, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, is Emerita Professor in Islamic History at the University of Edinburgh and Professor of Islamic History at the University of St Andrews. She is the Vice-President of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies and a Member of the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics.
Her research interests include: the Crusades; Islamic political thought; medieval and modern concepts of jihad; Arabic and Persian travel literature. Dr. Hillenbrand serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals including the Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies and the International Advisory Board of The UMRAN - International Journal of Islamic and Civilizational Studies (ISSN 2289-8204), University of Technology, Malaysia.
In the 2009 New Year Honours, Hillenbrand was appointed as Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). In 2016, she was awarded the Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding by the British Academy for her book Islam: A New Historical Introduction.