Chaplain & Assistant Dean

Khalil Abdullah is the Assistant Dean for Muslim Life in the Office of Religious Life at Princeton University. He works closely with students on campus to support their diverse cultural and spiritual identities while helping to strengthen their religious literacy and mutual respect for others. In addition, Khalil offers pastoral care to students and regularly hosts campus dialogues on various topics related to faith, identity, and meaning.

Professionally, he has held various leadership and management roles, taught in public and private schools, and organized teacher and chaplaincy trainings. He has been active in interfaith dialogue, minority male mentoring and various social justice initiatives. His academic interests include religious pluralism, Islamic ethics and spirituality, and history of Islam in America, with a focus on black Muslim experiences.

Khalil holds a Master's degree in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary, where he also worked as its Major Gifts Officer. He is a member of the National Association of College and University Chaplains and the Association of Muslim Chaplains.

At Princeton University, Khalil provides the following services:

  • Organizing Friday prayers and other religious activities
  • Counseling and mentoring students
  • Offering faith-based learning opportunities through study circles, and seminars
  • Promoting awareness and accommodation in various parts of campus life, such as dining services, athletics, and residential colleges
  • Building bridges of understanding with other chaplains and faith communities

Khalil’s office is located on the 2nd floor of Murray Dodge Hall. To make an appointment, email kabdullah@princeton.edu or call 609.258.3042. You can also reach out to the assistant to the chaplain, Sabrina Mirza, at sfmirza@princeton.edu.