Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

Elizabeth HurdElizabeth Shakman Hurd is Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. She studies the politics of religious diversity, the intersection of law and religion, the history and politics of US foreign relations, and the international relations of the Middle East, including Turkey and Iran. Hurd is the author of The Politics of Secularism in International Relations (Princeton, 2008), which was awarded the APSA’s Morken Award for the Best Book in Religion and Politics (2008-2010), and co-editor of Comparative Secularisms in a Global Age (Palgrave, 2010) which will appear in paperback in 2013. Recent publications include “International politics after secularism” in Review of International Studies (2012) and “Contested secularisms in Turkey and Iran” in Contesting Secularism: Comparative Perspectives (Ashgate, 2013). Hurd has contributed to a number of collections including Rethinking Secularism (Oxford, 2011), Religion and International Relations Theory (Columbia, 2011), Rethinking Religion and World Affairs (Oxford, 2012) and Religion, the Secular, and the Politics of Sexual Difference (forthcoming, Columbia, 2013).

At Northwestern, Hurd is Director of Graduate Studies in Political Science, faculty affiliate and co-organizer of the new Program in Middle East and North African Studies, and creator (with Robert Orsi of Religious Studies) of an interdisciplinary certificate program in Religion & Global Politics. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on America and the world, religion and global politics, the politics of religious diversity, the Middle East in international politics, and law and religion in cross-cultural and cross-national perspective.

Hurd has consulted on a range of academic, media, and foundation projects involving religion and world affairs, and participated in the Northwestern Public Voices Thought Leadership program in 2012-13. Her opinion pieces have appeared in Boston Review, Public Culture, The Atlantic, Chicago Tribune, The Middle East Channel, Globe and Mail, and The Huffington Post.

More information and links to publications may be found on her website: http://faculty.wcas.northwestern.edu/~esh291/Elizabeth_Shakman_Hurd/home.html

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