Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

Elizabeth Hurd

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd is Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University, with a courtesy appointment in Religious Studies. Hurd teaches and writes on the politics of religious diversity, international relations, human rights, law and religion, US and European foreign relations, and the politics of the Middle East. She is interested in the ways in which the study of contemporary religion provides insights into current dilemmas in national and international politics involving difference, governance, power, law, and pluralism.

Hurd is author of The Politics of Secularism in International Relations (Princeton, 2008), which won APSA’s Morken award for the best book in religion and politics (2008-2010), and co-editor of Politics of Religious Freedom (University of Chicago, forthcoming) and Comparative Secularisms in a Global Age (Palgrave, 2013). Other publications include “International politics after secularism” Review of International Studies (2012), “Contested secularisms in Turkey and Iran” in Contesting Secularism: Comparative Perspectives (Ashgate, 2013), and “Rescued by law?: Secular universalism, human rights and the politics of gender,” in Religion, the Secular, and the Politics of Sexual Difference (Columbia, 2013). Hurd is co-organizer of a Luce-funded collaborative research project, “Politics of Religious Freedom: Contested Norms and Local Practices” (2011-2014).  At Northwestern Hurd co-directs (with Robert Orsi) an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program in Religion & Global Politics and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on topics related to her research interests, including America and the world, politics of religious freedom, toleration, and rights, the Middle East in global politics, and religion and law in cross-cultural perspective. She is the organizer of a Speaker Series in 2014-15 on “Religion, Law and Politics” at Northwestern. Hurd also consults on academic, media, and foundation projects involving religion and world affairs. She is currently serving as content consultant for a public radio series on “God and Government” which examines religion-state relations in 14 countries around the world. Her opinion pieces have appeared in The Boston ReviewPublic CultureThe AtlanticChicago TribuneForeign Policy, Al Jazeera English, Globe and Mail, and The Huffington Post. Her next book, tentatively titled Beyond Religious Freedom: Religion, Law & Global Politics, will be published by Princeton in 2015.

For more information see Professor Hurd’s department website.

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