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Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Professor of Political Science and Religious Studies and Crown Chair in Middle East Studies


Areas of Focus

  • Religion, law and state in global perspective
  • U.S. foreign policy and the politics of religion
  • Public understanding of religion and politics
  • Relations between the United States and the Middle East


  • The study of religion and state in comparative and global perspectives
  • Dilemmas of national and international governance involving difference, governance, power, authority, law and pluralism


Hurd is the author of The Politics of Secularism in International Relations (2008) and Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion (2015), both published by Princeton, and co-editor of At Home and Abroad: The Politics of American ReligionPolitics of Religious Freedom and Comparative Secularisms in a Global Age.