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Jeremy Menchik

Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University
HRLI Grantee

Jeremy Menchik is an associate professor of international relations and political science at Boston University, where he directs the Institute on Culture, Religion & World Affairs (CURA). A leader in the field of religion and international affairs, he examines the power of religious ideas and organizations in shaping world politics.

Dr. Menchik’s award-winning first book, Islam and Democracy in Indonesia: Tolerance without Liberalism (Cambridge University Press, 2015), explains what tolerance means to the world’s largest Islamic organizations. He has received numerous awards and fellowships including from Stanford University, Columbia University, and the American Political Science Association, and his work has appeared in the academic journals Comparative Studies in Society and HistoryComparative PoliticsInternational Studies ReviewAsian Studies Review, Party Politics, and South East Asia Research as well as in edited volumes and popular media such as the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. His recent research focuses on social movements, the missionary impulse, and the promotion of democracy.

Featured Work: Islam and Democracy in Indonesia: Tolerance without Liberalism; “The Politics of the Fatwa: Islamic Legal Authority in Modern Indonesia”; “Islamic Political Parties and Election Campaigns in Indonesia

Upcoming Projects: The Missionary Impulse in World Politics (book manuscript); “The Reopen Movement: Protest Radicalization in the Digital Age” (journal article under review)