2021 APSA Religion & Politics Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2021 APSA Religion & Politics Award Winners!

Ted Jelen Best Journal Article Award

Winner: Ajay Verghese (Taking Other Religions Seriously: A Comparative Survey of Hindus in India. Politics and Religion 13(3), 604-638)

Honorable Mention: Andrew R. Lewis, William D. Blake, Stephen T. Mockabee, and Amanda Friesen (American Constitutional Faith and the Politics of Hermeneutics. Politics and Religion 13(1), 57-88)


Aaron Wildavsky Best Dissertation in Religion and Politics Award

Winner: Alexandra Blackman (“The Politicization of Faith: Settler Colonialism, Education, and Political Identity in Tunisia”)

Honorable Mention: Alon Burstein (“Terrorizing God’s Enemies: The Influence of Religion on Terror Group Activity”)


Hubert Morken Best Book in Religion and Politics Award

Winner:  Alexander Thurston, Jihadists of North Africa and the Sahel: Local Politics and Rebel Groups

Honorable Mentions:

John W. Compton, The End of Empathy: Why White Protestants Stopped Loving Their Neighbors

Amanda Hollis-Brusky and Joshua Wilson, Separate but Faithful: The Christian Right’s Radical Struggle to Transform Law and Legal Culture


Weber Best Conference Paper in Religion and Politics Award

Winner: Tugba Bozcaga & Fotini Christia

Honorable Mention: Kikue Hamayotsu


Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Outstanding Scholar in Religion and Politics Award

Co-winners: Jonathan Fox and Paul Djupe


Call for Nominations for Communications Coordinator

From the Section Chair:

Dear Religion and Politics Section Members,

Religion and Politics Section is calling for nominations, including self-nominations, for the Communications Coordinator position. The Communications Coordinator oversees, coordinates, and updates the content of the section website and manages the section correspondence as well as the Twitter account in coordination with the other members of the Executive Committee. The Communications Coordinator is an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee, and must be a member of the section once appointed.

The section currently uses WordPress and Twitter in addition to APSA Connect, so any experience with WordPress and/or Twitter would be considered a plus. If you are interested in serving the section in this capacity, please send a short bio (150 words max) to the section chair, Nukhet Sandal (sandal@ohio.edu), by August 15. The Communications Coordinator will be elected to a two-year term by (virtual) secret ballot or acclamation (if only one nominee is presented) of the section members, and will be announced together with the new Executive Committee members at the Annual Business Meeting.

APSA Religion and Politics: requesting proposals for small grant awards

Religion and Politics: requesting proposals for small grant awards of up to $2,500 for research on religion and politics. Proposals may address any topic of theoretical, empirical, and practical significance for the study of religion and politics. Effective proposals will make clear what the author(s) intend to do, why that research is important, and how the project will be executed.

  • Please submit proposals to https://apsa.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/62/home by 11:59 PM on September 1, 2021. Awards will be announced by October 15, 2021.
  •  Funds may be spent through October 15, 2022.
  • Applicants must be members of the Religion & Politics section (note that section membership is free to graduate students).
  • Preference will be given to graduate students, recent PhDs, and untenured faculty.
  • Questions may be addressed to Amy Erica Smith, aesmith2@iastate.edu.