Kenneth D. Wald Best Graduate Student Paper Award – Deadline: 15 April 2018

From the Chair:

Dear Religion and Politics Section Members,

The Kenneth D. Wald Best Graduate Student Paper Award is now open for nominations

The 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 (at the time of the presentation). 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.

Deadline: 15 April 2018

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.

Committee Chair:

Dr. Jacob Neiheisel
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
University at Buffalo
SUNY 422 Park Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260


Dr. Quin Monson
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Brigham Young University 745 SWKT
Provo, UT 84602

Dr. Michele Margolis
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Pennsylvania, 243 Stiteler Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Dr. Amanda Friesen
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Faculty Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Cavanaugh 417A
Indianapolis 46202


Religious Regulation as Foreign Policy: Morocco’s Islamic Diplomacy in West Africa

Section Journal | Volume 11, Issue 1 | March 2018 , pp. 1-26

Religious Regulation as Foreign Policy: Morocco’s Islamic Diplomacy in West Africa
Ann Marie Wainscott

Studies of religious regulation tend to examine how states manage the domestic religious market. This article extends this research program by analyzing a state that regulates the religious markets of foreign countries. The Moroccan case demonstrates the circumstances under which a religious bureaucracy designed to manage domestic religion can be turned outward, and employed to achieve foreign policy goals. Unlike other cases of foreign religious regulation, however, Morocco’s efforts have been welcomed at the same time that the policy advanced Morocco’s interests. What explains the success of Morocco’s religious foreign policy? Building on interviews with religious elites from a recipient country, this article argues that Moroccan religious foreign policy has been successful because it was perceived as having historical and cultural legitimacy, it built on pre-existing institutions, and it was paired with renewed economic collaboration, three factors that have broader theoretical relevance to the study of religious foreign policies.

Social Science History Association – 2018 Annual Conference

Social Science History Association 2018 Annual Conference
Phoenix, Arizona, November 8-11

2018 Conference Theme: “Histories of Disadvantage: Meanings, Mechanisms, and Politics”


The Religion Network of the Social Science History Association invites proposals for papers, panels, and book sessions for the 43rd annual meeting of the Social Science History Association in Phoenix, Arizona, November 8-11, 2018. We are also looking for volunteers to serve as panel chairs and discussants. The SSHA is the leading interdisciplinary association for historical research in the US, providing a stimulating venue for explorations of how social processes unfold over time. The Religion Network serves as the home within the organization for scholars interested in religious history, religious mobilization, religious change, and religion’s effect on social and political processes. Our network is interdisciplinary and cross-national in scope, and embraces all scholarship that examines how religion intersects with other social processes in historical perspective. We encourage the participation of graduate students and recent PhDs as well as more established scholars from a wide range of disciplines and departments. Graduate students are eligible to apply for financial support to attend the annual meeting. Further details about the association, the 2018 annual meeting, and the call for proposals are available on the SSHA website:

We welcome and encourage papers and panel proposals on a wide array of issues related to the historical study of religion and society. While complete panel proposals (consisting of 4-5 individual papers, a chair, and a discussant) are preferred, we also seek out high-quality individual paper submissions. Panels and papers may address the topics below, or any other relevant and related topic examining religion in a historical context:

Religion across Boundaries
Religion and Populism
Religion and Gender
Religion and Contemporary Geopolitics
Religion and State Formation
Secularizations, Secularisms, Secularities
Religion and Law
Religion and the Arts
Religion and Social Movements
Religion and Science
Religion and Field Theory

Please use the SSHA’s web conference management system to submit your papers and panel proposals. Paper title, brief abstract, and contact information should be submitted at Please do not hesitate to contact the Religion Network representatives with any questions, comments, or for help with submissions.

Thank you, and we look forward to a stimulating set of panels at this year’s SSHA meeting.

Ateş Altınordu (
Sam Nelson (
Sadia Saeed (
Philip Gorski (
SSHA Religion Network Representatives

2018 Hubert Morken Best Book Award – Call for Nominations

Dear APSA Religion and Politics Section Members,

We would like to invite nominations for APSA’s 2018 Hubert Morken Best Book Award.  The Hubert Morken Award is given for the best book dealing with religion and politics published during the last two years. The criteria for the award include the originality of the argument presented, quality of the research, innovative methods, readability of the text and the policy or practical implications of the scholarship.

To be eligible for the award, books must have been published in 2016 or 2017. The nomination should include a brief statement (250-750 words) summarizing the book’s contributions and why it is nominated for the award. This statement can be sent by email. As part of the nomination, publishers should send a copy of the nominated book to EACH member of the awards committee at the addresses below, making sure that the books arrive by the nomination deadline, March 15th, the latest.

Self nominations are welcome.

If you have any questions, please contact the committee chair, Nukhet A. Sandal (

Committee Members Contact Information

Nukhet A. Sandal
Associate Professor
Ohio University
Department of Political Science
Bentley Annex 259
Athens OH 45701

Jim Guth
Department of Politics and International Affairs
111T Johns Hall
Furman University
Greenville SC 29613

Ani Sarkissian
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Michigan State University
368 Farm Lane, S303
East Lansing, MI 48824

Amy Erica Smith
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Iowa State University
503 Ross Hall
Ames, IA 50011