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2022 APSA Religion & Politics Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2022 APSA Religion & Politics Award Winners!

Ted Jelen Best Journal Article Award

Winner: Joel Day (Everyday practices of toleration: The Interfaith foundations of peace accords in Sierra Leone. Politics and Religion 14(1))

Honorable Mention: Anwar Mhajne, Rasmus Brandt (Rights, Democracy, and Islamist Women’s Activism in Tunisia and Egypt. Politics and Religion 14(4))


Aaron Wildavsky Best Dissertation in Religion and Politics Award

Winner: Jessica Soedirgo (“The Threat of Small Things: Patterns of Repression and Mobilization Against Micro-Sized Groups in Indonesia”)


Hubert Morken Best Book in Religion and Politics Award

Winner:  Jonathan Laurence, Coping with Defeat: Sunni Islam, Roman Catholicism and the Modern State

Honorable Mentions:

David E. Campbell, Geoffrey C. Layman, John C. Green, Secular Surge: A New Faultline in American Politics


Kenneth D. Wald Best Graduate Student Paper Award

Winner: Ahmed Ezzeldin Mohamed (“Religious Cycles of Government Responsiveness: Why Governments Distribute in Ramadan”)


Weber Best Conference Paper in Religion and Politics Award

Winner: Ahmed Ezzeldin Mohamed (“Religious Cycles of Government Responsiveness: Why Governments Distribute in Ramadan”)


Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Outstanding Scholar in Religion and Politics Award

Winners: Laura Olson

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


Executive Committee and Treasurer

Scherer_150Matthew Scherer (2016-2018) – Treasurer
Matthew Scherer is an Assistant Professor of Government and Politics in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He directs the undergraduate program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and teaches courses in ancient, modern, and contemporary political theory, as well as constitutional law. He has held appointments as a Research Fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs; as a Patrick Henry Postdoctoral Fellow for the study of early American politics in the departments of History and Political Science at the Johns Hopkins University; and as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD in Political Science from the Johns Hopkins University, and his BA with majors in Physics and Political Science from Williams College. More here.

JenkinsLauraLaura Dudley Jenkins (2016-2018)

Laura Dudley Jenkins is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati and is affiliated with Asian Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her research focuses on social justice policies in the context of culturally diverse democracies, especially India, but also Indonesia, South Africa and the United States.

She is particularly interested in: politics of caste, class, religion, and gender; religious freedom and conversion; comparative affirmative action; sustainable development and culture; colonial and contemporary government anthropology; role of social science in anti-discrimination law; reserved legislative seats for women; religious family law systems. More here.


ClaassenRyanRyan Claassen (2016-2018)

I teach a variety of courses at Kent State University in the areas of quantitative research methods, American politics, and political behavior – at both the doctoral and undergraduate levels. My research spans several literatures including political participation, citizen competence, public opinion, election administration, religion and politics, interest groups, and racial and ethnic politics; however, the common thread is political engagement. In the broadest sense, I investigate whether engagement shapes the capacity of individuals and groups of individuals in the American public to effectively contribute to public opinion and compete democratically. My first book, “Godless Democrats and Pious Republicans?  Party Activists, Party Capture, and the ‘God Gap’” (Cambridge University Press) challenges a conventional wisdom in which recently mobilized religious and Secular extremists captured the parties and created a God gap. I also have book under advance contract with Yale University Press (with Steve Hook) exploring citizen competence in the realm of public opinion about foreign policy. My work has appeared recently in American Politics Research, The Journal of Politics, The Journal of Political Science Education, Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, and Public Opinion Quarterly. More here.


OldmixonElizabeth Oldmixon (2015-2017)

I am a political scientist at the University of North Texas. I received my PhD from the University of Florida in 2001, where I worked with Larry Dodd, Ken Wald, Peggy Conway, and the late Jim Button. After graduate school I served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, and I have been at UNT since fall 2002.

I am interested in how ethno-religious identities shape elite political attitudes and behaviors. I am currently working on two book projects. One focuses on LGBT politics and the other on clergy politics in the United States and Ireland. I teach a pretty broad repertoire classes, but I most frequently offer Introductory American Government, Religion and Politics, and U.S. Congress. More here.

Beginning January 1, 2017, I will serve as editor-in-chief of the Section journal Politics and Religion.


KdenDulkKevin Den Dulk (2015-2017)

Professor, Paul Henry Chair in Christianity and Politics, at Calvin College. Professor den Dulk is the co-author or co-editor of several books, as well as numerous articles, book chapters, and occasional pieces.  He is currently working on two large projects: (1) an examination of the role of churches in addressing religious persecution around the world; and (2) a grant-funded exploration of the effects of state educational policy on private schools.  He is active in various community-based activities, including fostering better civic education in local schools.  He serves on the board of the Michigan Center for Civic Education. More here.


TarekMasoud2Tarek Masoud (2015-2017)

Tarek Masoud is the Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. His research focuses on the role of religion in the Muslim world’s political development. He is the author of Counting Islam: Religion, Class, and Elections in Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 2014), the co-author of The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform (Oxford University Press, 2015), as well as of several articles and book chapters. He is a 2009 Carnegie Scholar, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Democracy, and the recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation and the Paul and Daisy Soros foundation, among others. He holds an AB from Brown and a Ph.D from Yale, both in political science. More here.


Section Chair – Erin K Wilson (2016 – 2018) Ekwilson

Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
University of Groningen
Oude Boteringestraat 38,
9712GK, Groningen The Netherlands

Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes. — Maggie Kuhn
Erin K. Wilson is Director of the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain and Senior Lecturer in Religion and Politics, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Her research is positioned at the intersection of religious studies and International Relations, with particular interest in the impact of secular worldviews in areas of global justice, human rights, forced migration, development and gender, and the development of alternative theoretical frames beyond ‘religious’ and ‘secular’. Her books include ‘After Secularism: Rethinking Religion in Global Politics’ (Palgrave 2012), ‘Justice Globalism: Ideology, Crisis, Policy’ (with Manfred B. Steger and James Goodman, Sage 2013) and ‘The Refugee Crisis and Religion: Secularity, Security and Hospitality in Question’, (co-edited with Luca Mavelli, Rowman and Littlefield International 2016). She has co-edited The religious as political and the political as religious: the blurring of sacred and secular in contemporary International Relations (Special Issue of Politics Religion Ideology), and her articles have appeared in International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Refugee Studies, Globalizations, Politics Religion Ideology and Global Society. She is editor and content contributor to The Religion Factor and provides research and policy advice for government and civil society sectors.

Blog: The Religion Factor

Twitter: @ek_wilson, @crcpd_rug


2017. ” ‘Power Differences’ and ‘the Power of Difference’: The Dominance of Secularism as Ontological Injustice'” Globalizations 11 April 2017

2017. Secularisms in a Postsecular Age? Religiosities and Subjectivities in Comparative Perspective. Springer (co-edited with Jose Mapril, Ruy Blanes and Emberto Giumbelli)

December 2016. The Refugee Crisis and Religion Secularism, Security and Hospitality in Question. Edited by Luca Mavelli and [Section Chair] Erin Wilson. 240 pages. Series: Critical Perspectives on Religion in International Politics.

2016. (with Luca Mavelli) “Postsecularism and International Relations”. In J. Haynes (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Religion and Politics. (Second ed.). London: Routledge.

2015. “Religion, Secularism and Social Justice Beyond the Nation-State”. In G. J. Adler, Jr (Ed.), Secularism, Catholicism and the Future of Public Life: A Dialogue with Ambassador Douglas W. Kmiec. New York: Oxford University Press.

After secularism2012. After Secularism: Rethinking Religion in Global Politics

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“Perhaps the signature achievement of After Secularism is that these theoretical insights are operationalised via a reading of US domestic politics and foreign policy to show the full constitutive effect of religion at play in the formation of the American polity. This is no small achievement, and the clarity and insight offered in a brilliant chapter on religion and US politics (pp. 147-79) is a must-read for scholars, policy-makers and students alike. Of equal importance, Wilson’s model is clearly transferable and promises high impact in IR by aiding and equipping researchers to understand the constitutive agencies of religion in multiple political contexts.” – Australian Journal of Political Science

Justice_globalism2013. Justice Globalism: Ideology, Crises, Policy
Manfred Steger, James Goodman, Erin K Wilson

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Are political activists connected to the global justice movement simplistically opposed to neoliberal globalization? Is their political vision ‘incoherent’ and their policy proposals ‘naïve’ and ‘superficial’ as is often claimed by the mainstream media?

Drawing on dozens of interviews and rich textual analyses involving nearly fifty global justice organizations linked to the World Social Forum, the authors of this pioneering study challenge this prevailing view. They present a compelling case that the global justice movement has actually fashioned a new political ideology with global reach: ‘justice globalism’. Far from being incoherent, justice globalism possesses a rich and nuanced set of core concepts and powerful ideological claims. The book investigates how justice globalists respond to global financial crises, to escalating climate change, and to the global food crisis. It finds justice globalism generating new political agendas and campaigns to address these pressing problems. Justice globalism, the book concludes, has much to contribute to solving the serious global challenges of the 21st century.

Justice Globalism will prove a stimulating read for undergraduate and graduate students in the social sciences and humanities who are taking courses on globalization, global studies and global justice.