Call for Nominations for Executive Committee (2018)

From the Chair:

The Religion and Politics Section of the APSA is pleased to announce a Call for Nominations for candidates to stand in an upcoming online election to serve a two-year term on the Executive Committee of the Religion and Politics Section. There are three vacancies on the Committee to be filled in this election.

Section members who wish to self-nominate as candidates should forward a short biography, including their institutional affiliation, to the Section Chair, Matthew Scherer, at mschere2@gmu.edu no later than August 10, 2018.

Nominees who do not self-nominate will be asked by the Chair to consent to having their name on the ballot. An online election held be held shortly after nominations close. According to APSA online elections are administered as follows:

1. APSA will send an email to all current section members with a message from the Chair that includes the names of the candidates, candidate bios, the number of positions open, the voting dates, and a link to the ballot.

2. The ballot typically gives the candidates’ names, and the option of choosing yes, no, or abstain.

3. When the voting period has concluded APSA will send a detailed report of the results to the Section Chair, who will convey the results via email to the section. I look forward to receiving your nominations.

Matthew Scherer
Section Chair
Religion & Politics

2018 Section Meeting and Reception

To Section Members

From Jeremy Menchik:

Dear Religion and Politics Section Members,

With the support of the Executive Board and the sponsorship of Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs (CURA) and Cambridge University Press, I am very pleased to invite you to a special section business meeting and reception at CURA’s historical building in the Cottage Farms neighborhood of Brookline.

Thursday, August 30, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Details & RSVP (for catering purposes) here

The business meeting will be held on from 6:30-7:30, followed by a reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres from 7:30-9:00pm. From the conference hotel, CURA is a 30 minute walk (past Fenway), a 17 minute train ride, or a 10 minute drive.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns.
I look forward to seeing you all in Boston!

Best wishes,

Jeremy

Assistant Professor
Pardee School of Global Studies
Boston University

Notes from the 2018 MPSA Conference

By Allyson Shortle, University of Oklahoma:

“As this year’s Politics & Religion (P&R) section head for the Midwest Political Science Association meeting, I was able to take a closer look at the work that pushes our field forward at the intersection of politics and religion, informing our understanding of institutions, behavior, and theory. After reading through an extensive amount of research proposals I received in October, I put together a set of panels that will interest anybody who is puzzled by religion’s influence on national and international political landscapes. These panels will also interest those who might alternatively be puzzled by politics’ potential influence on religion.

There are several panels this year that highlight emerging trends of P&R research. The first noteworthy addition is a fascinating set of studies that use experimental and psychological approaches to examine religion’s impact on political attitudes. This panel highlights a push some scholars of P&R have made over the last decade to incorporate more diverse methodological techniques into our analyses covering a dynamic range of topics, from  …” See more here.

Prof Saba Mahmood – 1962-2018

From the Chair:

Dear All,

For those who have not heard, Prof Saba Mahmood passed away over the weekend from pancreatic cancer. Her work has been influential for many scholars working at the intersection of religion and politics and she will be very much missed.

University of California Berkeley have published an obituary, which can be read here.

Best wishes,

Erin

Aaron Wildavsky Award – 2018 – Call for Nominations

From the Chair:

The Aaron Wildavsky Award recognizes the best dissertation in the field of religion and politics. Eligible dissertations have been defended in the last two years, and should make a distinctive contribution to the study of religion and politics, broadly understood. Please submit nominations to the chair of the committee – self-nominations are welcome!

Submission deadline: April 15, 2018.

Committee Members:

Dr. Daniel Bennett (chair), John Brown University, dbennett@jbu.edu

Dr. Jonathan Agensky, Ohio University, agensky@ohio.edu

Dr. Michelle Margolis, University of Pennsylvania, mmargo@sas.upenn.edu