SOAS University of London

Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice

International religious freedom and the politics of religious difference

Professor Elizabeth Hurd, Northwestern University

Date: 13 March 2014Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 13 March 2014Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: 21/22 Russell Square Room: 22 Russell Square T101

Type of Event: Lecture

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd is Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University, with a courtesy appointment in Religious Studies. She studies religion, politics, and governance in cross-cultural and global perspective, focusing on the politics of social and religious diversity, secularism and law, politics of human rights, politics of religious freedom, the U.S. in the world, and the international politics of the Middle East. She 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 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. Hurd also consults on academic, media, and foundation projects involving religion and world affairs. Her opinion pieces have appeared in The Boston Review, Public Culture, The Atlantic, Chicago Tribune, The Middle East Channel, Globe and Mail, and The Huffington Post