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Teaching religion workshop

From Tanya Schwarz:

Hi All,
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The American Political Science Association is co-sponsoring a teaching workshop at the 2019 Biennial Conference of the African Studies Association of Africa taking place in Nairobi, Kenya October 24-26, 2019. Participants in the “Teaching about Religion and Humanitarianism in Africa Workshop,” will discuss approaches, pedagogies, and methodologies for teaching critically about religion, humanitarianism, and development in Africa. Need-based travel grants are available.

Submission details can be found here. Deadline EXTENDED to August 2.


Tanya B. Schwarz, PhD
Director, Teaching & Learning
American Political Science Association

The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics & Religion

By Paul A. Djupe

I am over the moon to announce that all articles have been submitted to the ORE of Politics and Religion! The product of hundreds of scholars from across the world, the ORE covers a tremendous range of questions and cases, from peace to war, state regulation to group advocacy, elite cue giving to citizen attitudes. More important is that the ORE is intended to capture the conversation as it stands in academic attention to politics and religion at this time. And, as such, it represents what we believe to be an extraordinary achievement in this subfield. Normally diffuse, scattered across journals, books, and disciplines, the investigation of politics and religion has had high start up costs for researchers. Now, this project will not only serve as an end point – a source to learn about the Muslim Brotherhood, for example – but as a launching point – a source to learn where academic research has been and where it might fruitfully head.

Not all articles are available yet, but about ⅔ of them are available online at this link. Here’s a snapshot of articles that have been recently added, showcasing the range of topics addressed as well as the caliber of scholars involved in this project. A few of them are free for download as of today. A previous post has a longer list of articles available online.

Democratic Norms and Religion (Gizem Arikan and Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom) [FREE]

Identity, Internal State Conflict, and Religion (John F. McCauley)

Post-Conflict Processes and Religion: Lebanon (Konstantin Ash)

Protest and Religion: An Overview (Yasemin Akbaba) [FREE]

Protest and Religion: The U.S. Pro-Life Movement (Ziad Munson)

Religious Regulation in China (Lawrence C. Reardon)

Religious Traditions in Politics: Judaism (Kenneth D. Wald)

The Political Effects of Religious Cues (Aubrey Westfall and Özge Çelik Russell)

Mark Rozell and I (as co-editors-in-chief) remain thankful for the terrific set of associate editors who were instrumental in recruiting and reviewing work. Most of them also contributed their own articles to the volume, reflecting their own outstanding scholarship. We were lucky to be able to work with them on this project. In alphabetical order, they are:

Gizem Arikan, Trinity College, Dublin

Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Taylor Boas, Boston University

Steven Kettell, University of Warwick

Amy Erica Smith, Iowa State University

Güneş Murat Tezcür, University of Central Florida

Paul A. Djupe, Denison University Political Science, is an affiliated scholar with PRRI, the series editor of Religious Engagement in Democratic Politics (Temple), and co-creator of (see his list of posts). Further information about his work can be found at his website and on Twitter.

Ken Wald Best Graduate Student Paper Award – 2019

Ken Wald Best Graduate Student Paper Award – 2019

The Kenneth D. Wald Best Graduate Student Paper Award will be given annually to a conference paper studying any aspect of religion and politics presented by a Ph.D. student in political science. The conference can be affiliated with any of the US-based political science associations or a conference affiliated with another association, such as the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the American Academy of Religion, the Middle East Studies Association, or the International Studies Association, as long as the paper was written by a student or students enrolled in a graduate program in political science. Papers written with faculty will not be considered. Papers presented at poster sessions are welcome. The award will be announced and presented at the annual APSA conference during the business meeting. The award committee is under no obligation to make an award if no submissions merit such recognition.

Nomination Instructions: Please send nominations (self-nomination is okay) including an electronic copy of the paper and an electronic copy of the conference program listing to the committee chair.

Deadline for Nominations: May 24, 2019

Award Committee

Daniel Bennett (Chair)
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
John Brown University

Nandini Deo
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Lehigh University

Benjamin Knoll
John Marshall Harlan Associate Professor
Department of Politics
Centre College

Aaron Wildavsky Dissertation Award

The APSA Religion and Politics Section invites nominations for the Aaron Wildavsky Dissertation Award. 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!

Nomination Instructions: Please send a letter of nomination (maximum 2 pages) and a copy of the dissertation to the committee chair, Rebecca Glazier at

Deadline for nominations: April 15, 2019

New Research Director – Public Religion Research Institute

Dear Fellow Section Members,

Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) in Washington DC is seeking a new research director to lead its team of 5-6 operating at the cutting edge of current religion and politics and public affairs. They are looking for someone with a PhD and experience in the field managing multiple projects and a team. This is a fantastic opportunity to be in the public affairs mix with significant exposure. Please see the link below to read the description and learn how to apply. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to me at

If you don’t know them, please check out their outstanding work at where they also provide access to their data for researchers ready to download and analyze.

Best Regards,

Paul Djupe

Denison University Political Science