Kloos studied history at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD from the same university with a dissertation about Islam in Aceh, Indonesia (2013). After this, he carried out an NWO ‘Veni’ funded project on female Islamic authority and public communication in Malaysia and Indonesia (2016-2020). He has also been involved in ‘Recording the Future: An Audiovisual Archive of Everyday Life in Indonesia in the 21st Century.’
One of his ambitions at KITLV is to develop a new research agenda on the impact of climate change. He is one of the coordinators of the KITLV-NIOO-NIAS project, ‘Climate Change and Governance in Indonesia and the Caribbean: A Pilot Program on Marine Protected Areas’, which will start in January 2021.
Experts beyond Discourse: Women, Islamic Authority, and the Performance of Professionalism in Malaysia. American Ethnologist 46, 2 (2019): 162-175.
Becoming Better Muslims: Religious Authority and Ethical Improvement in Aceh, Indonesia (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018).
Co-edited with Daan Beekers. Straying from the Straight Path: How Senses of Failure Invigorate Lived Religion (Berghahn Books, 2018).
Co-edited with Mirjam Künkler. Special Issue. Studying Female Islamic Authority: From Top-Down to Bottom-Up Modes of Certification. Asian Studies Review 40, 4 (2016).
Living in a Makeshift World? Mobility, Temporariness, and Everyday Life in Indonesia. Visual Anthropology Review 31, 2 (2015).
Co-edited with R. Michael Feener and Annemarie Samuels. Islam and the Limits of the State: Reconfigurations of Practice, Community and Authority in Contemporary Aceh (Brill, 2015).