Global Politics and Religion Research Group



Elizabeth Shakman HurdPolitical Science (Director): International relations; religion and politics; politics of secularism; law and religion; U.S. foreign relations; politics of the Middle East; methods in the study of religion and politics; contemporary religion; the politics of religious freedom. Co-organizer of the Luce Politics of Religion at Home and Abroad initative. 

Brannon Ingram, Religious Studies (Assistant Director): Islamic Studies, with a focus on Sufism and modern South Asia; transnational and translocal flows of people, texts and ideas in the global Muslim South (particularly between South Asia and Southern Africa); western representations of the 'mystical' in Islam

Graduate Assistant

Gina Giliberti, Political Science


Sean HanrettaHistory: Modern African intellectual and cultural history; historical theory and methodology; theories of historical evidence and in non-documentary forms of historical sources

Katherine HoffmanAnthropology: Language and expressive culture; ethnicity; indigenism; language ideologies; language shift and endangerment; gender, migration, rural-urban relations, French colonialism, Imazighen (Berbers), Morocco and North Africa, France

Sylvester JohnsonReligious Studies and African-American Studies: African American religious history; race, religion and COINTELPRO; religion and colonialism in the Black Atlantic; religion, democracy, and American empire; American religion and sexuality; religion and American politics

Robert LaunayAnthropology: The history and 'prehistory' of anthropological theory and its contemporary developments; the anthropology of scriptural religions with particular focus on Islam; the historical ethnography of West Africa

Henri Lauziere, History: Modern Middle East and North Africa; Islamic intellectual history; Salafism

Mark McClishReligious Studies: Classical Hinduism, with a focus on early legal and political literature; religious, legal, and political themes in classical Sanskrit literature

Nermeen Mouftah, Buffett Institute Postdoc: NGO's and Islamic reform; scriptural reasoning; urban anthropology, theological hermeneutics; Islamic Studies; Middle East Studies

Scott SowerbyHistory: Early modern Britain and Europe; comparative history and transnational issues, including religious toleration, state formation, and cosmopolitanism

Jessica WinegarAnthropology: Sociocultural Anthropology; cultural politics and culture industries; material and visual culture; the culture concept; class, gender, intellectuals; Islam, Middle East and North Africa

Michael Loriaux, Political Science: Critical Theory; International Theory; European Unification, Post-Nationhood

Christina Lafont, Philosophy: democracy and citizen participation; global governance; human rights; religion and politics; contemporary moral and political philosophy

Andrew Koppelman, Law: Conflicts of law; constitutional law; first amendment; law and religion

Rachel Beatty Riedl, Political Science: Comparative democratization; political party systems and democratic institutions; decentralization and local governance; authoritarian legacies; religion and politics

Erin Delaney, Law, Political Science:  Comparative constitutional law, constitutional law, federalism, immigration law

Sarah Dees, Luce PostdocNative American and Indigenous religions; American religion, culture, and politics; religion, race, and colonial governance​; history of the study of religion; material religion

 Emrah YildizAnthropology: historiography and ethnography of borders and their states; ritual practice, visitation and pilgrimage in Islam; smuggling and contraband commerce in global political economy

Abram J. Lewis, Sexualities Project Postdocqueer and feminist theory; histories of sexuality, race, and disability; trans studies; postsecular studies; and speculative philosophy

Loubna El AminePolitical Science: comparative political theory, chinese political thought, confucianism, multiculturalism

Charles Preston, Religious Studiescontemporary Sanskrit literature and its intersection with modern Hinduism; Indian politics and culture

Joseph RingelReligious Studies PostdocJewish communities and other religious minorities in the lands of Islam; rabbinic and Islamic responses to modernity; religious and ethnic minorities in the state of Israel; religion and state in the Middle East.