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Introduction of online voting for 2017 business meeting

Dear APSA Religion and Politics Member:

In an effort to ensure as many members of the section as possible have the opportunity to vote in matters for the section, not just those who are able to attend the business meeting, we are this year introducing online voting. There are three items that require votes from section members:

1. The election of 3 new exec officers
2. The introduction of the Outstanding Scholar Award
3. The person after whom the Outstanding Scholar Award will be named

We had opened the ballot last week, but then there was a problem, as the bio of one of the candidates for the exec committee was not in the original materials distributed, and then technical glitches in trying to distribute that information. So to be fair to all candidates, we closed the poll last week and have set up a new one and are resending all the information here.

Please note: If you had already cast your vote before Friday 11 August, you will need to cast your vote again.

I apologise for these teething problems. Hopefully next year’s online voting will go more smoothly!

Thank you for your commitment to the section.

Best wishes,


The Religion and Politics section will be holding online voting from August 14 – 30, for three important items. The first is election of new officers for the executive committee, the second is the introduction of a new award, and the third is who the new award should be named after. Below are the materials for voting. 

Click on the link at the bottom of the email I sent to you to vote.
If any member has not received my email with the ballot link, please email me.

Materials for Online Voting

APSA Religion and Politics Section Business Meeting 31 August 2017

1. Election of three new officers to the executive committee for a two-year term (2017-2019)

Tanya Schwarz, Hollins University

Tanya B. Schwarz is Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Politics and Societies at Hollins University. She is a former Research Fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Schwarz’s research focuses on how religion is conceptualized and enacted in global politics and international relations. Her book, Faith-Based Organizations in Transnational Peacebuilding, which will be released in early 2018, reveals the disparities between how scholars and policymakers understand the practices and identities of faith-based organizations (FBOs) and how FBOs themselves conceptualize these phenomena. Schwarz argues that these (mis)understandings lead scholars to miss the political role of prayer in peacebuilding, humanitarianism, and human rights, as well as the ways that FBOs form and enact unique transnational religious identities. Her work has appeared in International Studies Quarterly and The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, as well as online forums including The Immanent Frame, Contending Modernities, and Transformation. Schwarz has forthcoming pieces in International Studies Review and The SAGE Handbook of History, Philosophy and Sociology of International Relations. In addition, Schwarz received several awards for her work, including the Peace Dissertation Prize from the United States Institute of Peace and the Best Graduate Student Paper award from the Religion and International Relations Section of the International Studies Association. Schwarz’s next projects focus on conflicting norms of religious freedom and development in US foreign policy, and reflexivity in the study of religion. Tanya has also recently served on the Section’s Weber Best Paper Award Committee.

Susan McWilliams Brandt, Pomona College

Susan McWilliams is an Associate Professor of Politics at Pomona College, where she has twice won the Wig Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is the author of Traveling Back: Toward a Global Political Theory (Oxford University Press, 2014) and a co-editor of several books, most recently The Best Kind of College: An Insiders’ Guide to America’s Small Liberal Arts Colleges (co-edited with John Seery, SUNY Press, forthcoming). Her writing has been published widely, including in Boston ReviewBustFront Porch Republic, Perspectives on Political Science, Political Science Quarterly, The Review of Politics, and The Star-Ledger. McWilliams received her B.A. in political science and Russian from Amherst College, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University, where she won the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni University Teaching Award. In 2014 she won both the Graves Award in the Humanities and a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship. She lives in Claremont, California, with her husband and two children.

Benjamin Gaskins, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Lewis and Clark College

Ben Gaskins is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Lewis & Clark College. He teaches both American and Comparative Politics, including classes on religion and politics, mass media, public opinion, group politics, and political institutions. His research focuses mainly on the effect of religious commitment on opinion formation, media usage, voting behaviour, and democratic citizenship. His work also looks at how citizens learn about politics and how they make political choices. His research has been published in The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, American Politics Research, Politics & Religion, and The International Journal of Press/Politics.

Nukhet Sandal, Director of War and Peace Studies; Associate Professor of Political Science, Ohio University

Nukhet Sandal’s research interests include religious leadership, epistemic politics of religion, politics of divided societies and foreign policy analysis. She is the author of Religious Leaders and Conflict Transformation (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and Religion in International Relations Theory: Interactions and Possibilities (Routledge, 2013, with Jonathan Fox).  She has published articles in European Journal of International Relations, International Politics, Review of International Studies, Alternatives, Political Studies, West European Politics, Human Rights Quarterly, and Canadian Journal of Political Science. She is the current chair of the Religion and International Relations Section of the International Studies Association. She is a long time member of the Religion and Politics Section at APSA, and she has most recently chaired the Section’s Aaron Wildavsky Best Dissertation Award Committee.

Nandini Deo, Lehigh University

Nandini Deo is an Associate Professor at Lehigh University.  She is a book review editor for Politics, Religion, and Ideology, chaired the Religion and Politics Section Morken best book award for 2017, and previously served on the best paper committee. Her last book Mobilizing Religion and Gender in India (Routledge 2016) studies the changing fortunes of a religious social movement.  She is currently editing a volume called Feminisms Beyond the Secular (Bloomsbury forthcoming) which looks at how postsecular theorizing is shaping feminism. She serves on the board of the Center for Global Islamic Studies at Lehigh.  Her undergraduate work was at Bryn Mawr College and her doctorate at Yale University.

Rina Williams (Ph.D. Harvard; B.A. and B.S. University of California at Irvine), Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati; Affiliate Faculty in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Asian Studies.

My research examines how religion intersects with nationalism, gender and law in the context of plural democracies. My published work in these areas includes my first book (Postcolonial Politics and Personal Laws, Oxford 2006) and co-authored pieces with Laura Jenkins and Nandini Deo. Current research includes a book project—tentatively titled Excluded, Mobilized, Incorporated: Hindu Nationalist Women and Religious Nationalist Politics in Indian Democracy, 1914-2014—and a comparison of anti-shariah politics in India and the US. I have previously served as Secretary of the Women & Politics organized section of the APSA, and currently serve as Chair of the External Outreach Committee of the Women’s Caucus of the APSA. In the former position I worked with the then-President of the section to lead an enrollment drive that increased our membership by 15%. I would be honored to bring my experiences to serve on the Executive Council of the growing and vibrant Religion & Politics organized section.

A.Kadir Yildirim, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University

A.Kadir Yildirim is a fellow for the Middle East Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. His research primarily addresses religious parties, with a focus on political Islam and the relationship between religion and democracy. Kadir’s recently published book, Muslim Democratic Parties in the Middle East: Economy and Politics of Islamist Moderation, analyzes the impact of economic liberalization processes on the ideological trajectories of Islamist parties in Egypt, Morocco, and Turkey. His current research is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York and examines the political dynamics of religious authority and the shifts in socio-religious inclusivity after the Arab uprisings. Kadir’s second book project, tentatively titled God Broken: Institutions and Religious Party Evolution in Western Europe and the Middle East, comparatively addresses the effect of religious institutions and authority on the evolution of religious parties. His current projects use a mixed-methods approach, drawing evidence from historical sources, interviews in the field, and survey experiments. Kadir’s scholarship has been published in journals such as Party Politics, Politics & Religion, Democratization, Middle Eastern Studies, Insight Turkey, Sociology of Islam, and Contemporary Islam, and he is a frequent contributor to the Monkey Cage blog in The Washington Post. He will serve as the chair for the Politics of the Middle East section at the Midwest Political Science Association’s 2018 annual conference. Previously, Kadir was a faculty member at Furman University and a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University’s Niehaus Center. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Ohio State University, where he also earned an M.A. degree. He received his B.A. from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

2. In whose honour should the Outstanding Scholar Award be named?

Merze Tate

(February 6, 1905 – June 27, 1996) was a professor, scholar and expert on United States diplomacy. She was the first African-American graduate of Western Michigan Teachers College, first African-American woman to attend the University of Oxford, first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in government and international relations from Harvard University (then Radcliffe College), as well as one of the first two female members to join the Department of History at Howard University.

After she completed the teacher’s training program at Western Michigan Teacher’s College, Tate taught at an elementary school in Cass County. During this time she continued her education by taking correspondence courses and returned to Western Michigan to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree in three years while maintaining the highest grade average of her classmates. In 1927, she became the first African-American to earn a bachelor’s degree from the institution. She was also elected to the national social science honor society, Phi Gamma Mu.

Despite her excellent academic career, Tate could not find employment in the state. At that time, Michigan would not hire African-American teachers in its secondary schools. Tate received assistance from administrators at Western Michigan and was able to find a teaching position at Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. Whilst teaching, Tate took a part-time master’s degree at Columbia. In 1932, she won an Alpha Kappa Alpha scholarship to study at Oxford University where she took a B.Litt. in International Relations in 1935. She matriculated as a Home Student of St. Anne’s College, and was the first African-American woman member of Oxford University. Subsequently, she gained a Ph.D. from Harvard.[n]

Jean Bethke Elshtain

(January 6, 1941 – August 11, 2013) was an American ethicistpolitical philosopher, and public intellectual. She was the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics in the University of Chicago Divinity School with a joint appointment in the department of political science.

Elshtain taught from 1973 to 1988 at the University of Massachusetts and then from 1988 to 1995 she taught at Vanderbilt University as the first woman to hold an endowed professorship. Elshtain was selected as a Phi Beta Kappa scholar, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, a Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of nine honorary degrees. In 1995 she became a professor at University of Chicago. She was the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School, and a contributing editor for The New Republic. She was also a Visiting Distinguished Professor of Religion and Politics at Baylor University.

She was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and she has served on the Boards of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and the National Humanities Center. She was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and received nine honorary degrees. In 2002, Elshtain received the Frank J. Goodnow award, the highest award for distinguished service to the profession given by the American Political Science Association.[n]

The focus of Elshtain’s work is an exploration of the relationship between politics and ethics. Much of her work concerned the parallel development of male and female gender roles as they pertain to public and private social participation. After the September 11, 2001 attacks she was one of the more visible academic supporters of U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq.[n]

She published over five hundred essays and authored and/or edited over twenty books, including Democracy on Trial, Just War Against Terror: The Burden of American Power in a Violent World, Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy, Augustine and the Limits of Politics, and ” Sovereignty: God, State, Self.

In 2006, she was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and also delivered the prestigious Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh, joining such previous Gifford Lecturers as William JamesHannah ArendtKarl Barth, and Reinhold Niebuhr. In 2008, Elshtain received a second presidential appointment to the President’s Council on Bioethics.

Elshtain contributed to national debates on the family, the roles of men and women, the state of American Democracy, and International relations for more than thirty-five years.

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph

(April 3, 1930 – December 23, 2015) was an American author, political thinker and educationist. She was a William Benton Distinguished Service Professor Emerita at the University of Chicago and was actively interested in PoliticsPolitical Economy and Political Sociology of South Asia, State Formation, Max Weber and the Politics of Category and Culture.[n] The Government of India, in 2014, honored her, along with her husband, Lloyd I. Rudolph, for their services to literature and education, by bestowing on them the third highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan.[n]

Rudolph was active in the Peristroika movement in political science, recognized with the “Blade of Grass” award for her contributions to interpretive methods, and past President of the APSA. A model for collaborative scholarship, Rudolph’s many works with her husband Lloyd include major contributions to religion and politics. These include The Modernity of Tradition, which showed how seemingly “traditional” institutions, such as caste, have been put to “modern” political functions, Transnational Religion and Fading States, and Postmodern Gandhi and other Essays.

Dorothy Day, Obl.S.B. 

(November 8, 1897 – November 29, 1980) was an American journalist, social activist, and Catholic convert. Day initially lived a bohemian lifestyle before gaining fame as a social activist after her conversion. She later became a key figure in the Catholic Worker Movement[1] and earned a national reputation as a political radical,[2] perhaps the most famous radical in American Catholic Church history.[3]

Day’s conversion is described in her autobiography, The Long Loneliness.[n] Day was also an active journalist and described her social activism in her writings. In 1917 she was imprisoned as a member of suffragist Alice Paul’s nonviolent Silent Sentinels. In the 1930s, Day worked closely with fellow activist Peter Maurin to establish the Catholic Worker Movement, a pacifist movement that combines direct aid for the poor and homeless with nonviolent direct action on their behalf. She practiced civil disobedience, which led to additional arrests in 1955,[n] 1957,[n] and in 1973 at the age of seventy-five.[n] As part of the Catholic Worker Movement, Day co-founded the Catholic Worker newspaper in 1933, and served as its editor from 1933 until her death in 1980. In this newspaper, Day advocated the Catholic economic theory of distributism, which she considered a third way between capitalism and socialism.[n][n] Dorothy Day’s life is an inspiration for the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict XVI used her conversion story as an example of how to “journey towards faith… in a secularized environment.”[n] Pope Francis included her in a short list of exemplary Americans, together with Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Thomas Merton, in his address before the United States Congress.[n] The Church has opened the cause for Day’s possible canonization, which was accepted by the Holy See for investigation. Due to this, the Church refers to her with the title of Servant of God.

Click on the link at the bottom of the email I sent to you to vote.

From the Chair – New Awards?

Letter from the Chair:

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to bring your attention to the various awards the section is offering this year. We have a total of five(!) different awards that will be given out at this year's annual meeting. To find out more, or to nominate someone (including yourself!) for an award, just follow this link 2017 Awards and Committees.

As an exec committee, we have also been discussing introducing additional awards that recognise:

1. Emerging Scholars
2. Lifetime Achievement
3. Service to the Scholarly community, policy and society more broadly

We would love to hear your thoughts as a membership about this and also suggestions for the criteria for such awards and for people that the awards could be named after. We would especially like to name any new awards in honour of outstanding scholars who are women and/or people of color. Rather than reply all, can you please send any thoughts and suggestions directly to me as chair

Many thanks and best wishes,


Executive Council Candidate List – From the Chair

Dear section colleagues:

At our upcoming business meeting on 9/1 all section members will have the opportunity to vote for 3 new members for a 2-year term to the Executive Council. This announcement contains the bios of each of the 10 candidates, in alphabetical order, as well as the relevant information from Section 5 of the section by-laws for those interested in how we will proceed with the election. The current Executive Council has decided not to endorse a slate of candidates, which is optional according to the by-laws.

As a reminder, the meeting will be held at 6:30pm in Room 104-A of the PA Convention Center on Sept. 1st, followed by a reception.

Thanks in advance for reviewing these materials.

Candidate bios for APSA Section 11 (Religion and Politics) Executive Council election (2-year term), listed in alphabetical order:

1. Gizem Arikan

I am an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of International Relations at Yasar University, Izmir, Turkey. I study the psychological mechanisms that underlie the effect of religiosity on various political attitudes using both cross-national survey data and experiments carried out in multiple political settings. My works on the effects of religiosity on political attitudes have been published in journals such as American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, Political Behavior, and International Journal of Public Opinion Research. I am also winner of Turkish Academy of Sciences 2015 Young Scientist Outstanding Achievement Award (GEBIP) and Science Academy‘s Young Scientist Award 2016. I have relevant professional service experience in international organizations. I have served as the Co-chair of the Junior Scholars Committee of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) between 2013 and 2015, and I am a Governing Council member of Society since 2015. I am also an occasional referee for various journals including American Political Science Review, Political Psychology, Political Research Quarterly, Political Behaviour, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Politics and Religion, and International Journal of Public Opinion Research. Website:

2. Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom

Bloom is a Senior Lecturer with Tenure (U.S. Associate Professor) at the Department of Political Science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in comparative political behavior and political psychology. Her research examines how religion and values form the basis of political behavior, and specifically how religiosity and moral values both hinder and enhance democratic norms (such as tolerance, support for democracy, social justice, country-level human rights, and good governance). She is the director of the Political Psychology Laboratory at the Hebrew University and a recipient of over 250000$ in grants including the Marie Curie Grant from the European Union and grants from the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Her work appears in the leading venues of the field, such as The American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, PLoS One, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Political Psychology and Political Behavior. She served as Co-Program Chair and Organizing Committee Member for the Annual Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), served on several ISPP and ISPSA committees, and frequently leads workshops and panels on religion and politics and political psychology in local and international conferences. She is a prize-winning scholar; her dissertation won the Best Dissertation Award from both ISPP and ISPSA, she was granted the prestigious Gillon lectureship at Hebrew University and appointed as a Golda Meir Fellow.

3. Ryan L. Claassen

Ryan L. Claassen is associate professor of Political Science at Kent State University.  He teaches a variety of courses in the areas of quantitative research methods, American politics, and political behavior – at both the doctoral and undergraduate levels at KSU. His research interests include religion and politics, political participation, citizen competence, public opinion, election administration, interest groups, and racial and ethnic politics.  He has published religion and politics research in the Journal of Politics and in "Godless Democrats and Pious Republicans?  Party Activists, Party Capture, and the ‘God Gap’" (Cambridge University Press 2015).  He was the Section Chair for Religion and Politics at the 2015 annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association and is currently working on a co-edited book (with Paul Djupe, Denison University) titled, “The Evangelical Crackup:  Will the Evangelical-Republican Coalition Last?”  He has appeared on local public opinion panels with John C. Green (University of Akron) and cowrites with Quin Monson (Brigham Young University)—both active members of the section.

4. Nandini Deo

Nandini Deo is an associate professor at Lehigh University.  Her most recent book is Mobilizing Religion and Gender in India (Routledge 2015), which is a political history of Hindu nationalism and the women’s movement in India.  She is currently working on an edited volume on postsecular feminisms, which examines how feminist thought must adapt to the post-secular turn in social science and society.  She received her doctorate from Yale University as a comparativist with a secondary focus on political theory.  Deo teaches courses on South Asian politics and Religion and Politics to undergraduate and graduate students.

5. Laura Dudley Jenkins

Laura Dudley Jenkins is Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Human Rights Certificate at the University of Cincinnati. Her current research is on historical and contemporary mass conversions and the politics of religious freedom in India, with a focus on ways “religious freedom” arguments and laws have undermined the rights of women and religious minorities. She has received two Fulbright fellowships for research, in India and South Africa. Jenkins’ articles, books, and chapters related to religion and politics include her research on affirmative action for Muslim minorities in South Asia, mass conversion to Buddhism as a form of political mobility, gender and religious family law systems, and India’s “anxious secularism.” As President of the South Asian Muslim Studies Association, she works to connect scholars from different disciplines and regions to create conference panels and exchange ideas. She would be honored to expand such work if chosen for the Executive Council of the Religion and Politics Section.

6. Ahmed Khanani

Ahmed is Assistant Professor of Politics at Earlham College. His areas of research and teaching include Islamic Politics, the contemporary Modern Middle East and North Africa, and Democracy and Human Rights in the Muslim World. Ahmed’s current book project draws on two years of fieldwork (funded by Fulbright (IIE), FLAS, and POMEPS grants) and employs Wittgensteinian-inspired ordinary language philosophy to examine how Moroccan Islamists articulate democracy. Drawing on over 100 focus groups and interviews, his research reveals that Moroccan Islamists present a rich and multifaceted articulation of democracy that challenges Western democratic theory in part because religion and politics are, for his interlocutors, invariably intertwined. His next project involves unpacking the meaning and practices of human rights by Islamists in the Middle East and North Africa. Ahmed would be thrilled to serve on this council and hopes to bring his understanding of the Muslim tradition to the table.

7. Matthew Scherer

Matthew Scherer is an assistant professor of Government and Politics at George Mason University. He served as division chair of the Religion & Politics section for this year's annual APSA conference. His primary areas of research are secularism, political theologies, and religion and politics. His first book, Beyond Church and State: Democracy, Secularism, and Conversion was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. His current book project is tentatively titled Secular Exceptions. He recently published one part of this project on religious freedom in American law in Politics & Religion, and another part on modern secularism in The Hedgehog Review. He greatly values the multi-disciplinary intellectual space created within Political Science by the Religion and Politics section. As section chair he sought to create panels that would stimulate multi-disciplinary conversations. If elected to the Executive Council, he would continue working to enhance the connections between scholars of religion and politics and to promote this field within the larger discipline of Political Science.

8. Benjamin Schonthal

Ben is Senior Lecturer in Buddhism and Asian Religions in the Religion Programme at the University of Otago, in New Zealand.  Ben received his Ph.D. in the field of History of Religions at the University of Chicago. His dissertation, partially supervised by Dan Slater in the Political Science Department, received the 2013 Law & Society Association Dissertation Award.  Ben's research examines the intersections of religion, law and politics in late-colonial and contemporary Southern Asia, with a particular focus on Sri Lanka and the Theravada Buddhist world. His work appears in The Journal of Asian Studies, Modern Asian Studies and elsewhere. Ben's first book, Buddhism, Politics and the Limits of Law, will be published this year with Cambridge University Press. His current research project, supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand, looks at the history and politics of regulating Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka.  Ben has served as President of the NZ Association for the Study of Religions and as a fellow at the ZIF (Institute for Advanced Study) in Bielefeld, Germany as part of an international research group on Religion, Constitutionalism and Human Rights.  Ben would love an opportunity to contribute to the council.

9. Tanya B. Schwartz

Tanya B. Schwarz is Visiting Research Fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine. Tanya's research focuses on the meaning and role of religious phenomena for transnational actors in areas of peacebuilding, humanitarianism, human rights, and peacebuilding. She has conducted extensive ethnographic research with several Christian and inter-religious faith-based organizations and was a Luce Graduate Fellow with the CIHA Blog: Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa. Tanya has an article forthcoming in International Studies Quarterly and is currently preparing her book, Instruments of the Divine? Faith-Based Organizations in International Politics, for publication.

10. David Siroky

David Siroky is Associate Professor of Political Science in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University, where he is affiliated with the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, the Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies, the Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity and the Center on the Future of War. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science and M.A. in Economics from Duke University and was then the Henry Hart Rice Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University before arriving at ASU. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, Caucasus Survey, Civil Wars, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Sociology, Defence and Peace Economics, Democratization, European Political Science Review, International Organization, Nationalities Papers, Political Analysis, Politics and Religion, Polity, Post-Soviet Affairs, Problems of Post-Communism, Security Studies, Social Science Quarterly, Statistics Surveys, Swiss Political Science Review, World Politics and elsewhere.  Since arriving at ASU, he has received grants as PI and co-PI from the US Department of State and the National Science Foundation.  


By-Laws, Section 5: Nominations and elections for members of the Executive Committee and other section officers will be conducted at the Annual Business Meeting under the following provisions:

A. Members of the Executive Committee will normally be elected to scattered two-year terms with three being elected each year by secret ballot or acclamation (if only three nominees are presented) of the section members attending the Annual Business Meeting.

B. In the event of a contested election for members of the Executive Committee, each section member is entitled to vote for a maximum of three candidates for the Committee, and the leading three vote-getters will be deemed elected to the Committee.  In the event of tie votes that would affect the composition of the Committee, section members attending the meeting will take another ballot among the tied nominees.  Each member is entitled to cast as many votes as there are vacancies remaining to be filled.  The vacancies will be filled by the leading vote-getters on the runoff ballot.  The members of the Executive Committee will serve until the subsequent election.

From the Chair: New Members of the Executive Council

Dear Religion and Politics Section Members:

Thank you for participating in our recent online election for three vacancies on the Section's Executive Council. I am pleased to announce that the following three candidates have been elected to a two-year term on the Executive Council effective immediately:

Kevin R. den Dulk, Calvin College

Tarek Masoud, Harvard University

Elizabeth Oldmixon, University of North Texas

Congratulations to each of you, and thanks to all who participated in the election.



In addition to the above new members, the Executive Council includes:

Erin K. Wilson, Groningen UniversityChair-Elect

Matthew Nelson, University of London, SOAS

Current Officers are:

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Northwestern University

Jeremy Menchik, Boston University

2016 Annual Meeting Program Chair
Matthew Scherer, George Mason University

Communications Coordinator
Ricardo Barrera, Research.Legal

See Section Officers and Council Members on the APSA Section Page

Call for Nominations for Executive Committee

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 at no later than September 30, 2015. Nominees who do not self-nominate will be asked by the Chair to consent to having their name on the ballot.

This Call for Nominations will close on September 30, 2015, with the online election held shortly thereafter. 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.

Elizabeth Hurd
Section Chair
Religion & Politics