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 politics in global context, US foreign relations, human rights, and the 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). Hurd’s current book, Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion will be published by Princeton in 2015. She is co-editor of Politics of Religious Freedom (University of Chicago, 2015) and Comparative Secularisms in a Global Age (Palgrave, 2013). Hurd’s paper “The ‘religious offensive:’ the politics of religious engagement” was recently co-awarded the 2014 Weber award for the best paper in religion and politics presented at the 2013 APSA meeting.

Hurd is co-organizer of “The Politics of Religious Freedom: Contested Norms and Local Practice,” a research project funded by the Luce Foundation. She consults on academic, media, and foundation projects involving religion and international affairs, and co-edited a series on the politics of religious freedom on The Immanent Frame. Her opinion pieces have appeared in Boston Review, Public Culture, The Atlantic, Chicago Tribune, Globe and Mail, Foreign Policy and Al Jazeera America. In 2014-15 Hurd is organizing a speaker series on “Religion, Law, and Politics” at Northwestern.

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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