Executive Committee

Laura 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.

Ryan 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.

Elizabeth 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.

Kevin 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.


Tarek 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.