Global Politics and Religion Research Group

Participants

Directors

Elizabeth Shakman HurdPolitical Science (Co-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 (Co-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

Faculty

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.  

Sarah McFarland Taylor, Religious Studies and Environmental Policy and Culture: media, religion, and environment; religion and popular culture; sustainable media; climate change and public moral engagement, American consumerism; ecojustice; and the environmental humanities. Taylor is also currently pursuing an additional advanced degree in Media History, Philosophy, and Criticism in the School of Media Studies at The New School for Public Engagement.