Elizabeth Shakman Hurd


Elizabeth Shakman Hurd is Associate Professor of Political Science and holds a courtesy appointment in Religious Studies at Northwestern University.

Professor Hurd studies religion, law, and governance, US foreign relations, human rights, and the international politics of the Middle East. She is the author of The Politics of Secularism in International Relations (Princeton, 2008), which won an APSA award for the best book in religion and politics (2008-2010) and co-editor of Comparative Secularisms in a Global Age (Palgrave, 2013). Hurd is writing a book that analyzes the rise of religious freedom, tolerance, and rights as international political projects and reconsiders the terms under which religion has been restored to the theory and practice of international relations over the past two decades.

Hurd is co-organizer of “The Politics of Religious Freedom: Contested Norms and Local Practices,” a multiyear research project funded by the Luce Foundation. She consults on academic, media, and foundation projects involving religion and international affairs, and in 2012-13 co-edited a series on the politics of religious freedom on The Immanent Frame which serves as the basis of a forthcoming volume (University of Chicago, 2015). Her opinion pieces have appeared in Boston Review, Public Culture, The Atlantic, Chicago Tribune, Globe and Mail, Foreign Policy and Al Jazeera America.

Details about current research and a current CV are available on the research page. Information on courses taught and syllabi are available on the teaching page. Or visit her academia.edu page.

At Northwestern, Hurd directs a graduate certificate program in Religion and Global Politics and is a core faculty member of the Program in Middle East and North African Studies. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on America and the world, religion and global politics, religion and modernity, the Middle East in international politics, and law and religion in cross-cultural and cross-national perspective.

Hurd is Director of Graduate Studies in Political Science at Northwestern and incoming Chair of the Religion and Politics Section of the APSA. She received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins, her M.A. in International Relations from Yale, and her B.A. in Government from Wesleyan University. She lives in Evanston with Ian Hurd and their three daughters.

Associate Professor  Political Science  Northwestern University


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