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Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

Professor of Religious Studies and Politics, Northwestern University
HRLI Grantee

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd is a professor of religious studies and political science at Northwestern University. She studies religion in the United States and in US foreign and immigration policy, the global politics of secularism and religious freedom, American borders, and international relations between the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Hurd is the author of The Politics of Secularism in International Relations (Princeton University Press, 2008) and Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion (Princeton University Press, 2015) and coeditor of Politics of Religious Freedom (University of Chicago Press, 2015), Comparative Secularisms in a Global Age (Palgrave, 2010), At Home and Abroad: The Politics of American Religion (Columbia University Press, 2021), and Theologies of American Exceptionalism (Indiana University Press, 2019 online, 2021 print).

At Northwestern, Dr. Hurd codirects the Global Religion and Politics Research Group and is a core faculty member of the Middle East and North African Studies Program. She teaches on the United States and the world, religion, race and global politics, the Middle East in international relations, and religion, law and politics in cross-cultural perspective. She contributes regularly to public discussions on the United States and the global politics of religious diversity and cocurates the Teaching Law and Religion Case Study Archive, an open-access archive of cases for teaching on the intersections of law, religion, and politics globally. She was also a board member for The Immanent Frame from 2016 to 2019, and a member of the Social Science Research Council Working Group on Religion, Secularism, and International Affairs from 2006 to 2009.

Featured Work: Codirector of “Politics of Religious Freedom: Contested Norms and Local Practices,” “Talking Religion: Publics, Politics, and the Media,” and “Politics of Religion at Home and Abroad

Upcoming Projects: American Border Religion (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming)