Section Chair

Erin K. Wilson (2016 – 2018)


Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain

Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
University of Groningen
Oude Boteringestraat 38,
9712GK, Groningen The Netherlands

Blog: The Religion Factor

Twitter: @ek_wilson, @crcpd_rug

Section APSA Connect Profile

Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes. — Maggie Kuhn

Erin’s 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), infra, ‘Justice Globalism: Ideology, Crisis, Policy’ (with Manfred B. Steger and James Goodman, Sage 2013), infra, 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.


2017. “The socio-political dynamics of secularism and epistemological injustice in global justice theory and practiceEuropean Societies 12 June 2017.

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.

2012. 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

2013. 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.