Elizabeth Shakman Hurd


Assistant Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University


Elizabeth Shakman Hurd (Ph.D., John Hopkins University) studies international politics, international law, and relations between Europe, the United States and the Middle East.  Her research focuses on the intersection between religion and law in contemporary global politics.  Central to her interests are the politics of international human rights, global legal pluralism, the state management of religion, and the international politics of religious freedom.  She also writes on Turkey and Iran.

In 2010-2011, Shakman Hurd served as Luce Visiting Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) where she is working on a book on the international legal regulation of religion.

She is co-PI (with Saba Mahmood of UC-Berkeley) on a project funded by the Luce Initiative on Religion & International Affairs entitled “Politics of Religious Freedom: Contested Norms and Local Practices.” The project studies how religious freedom is being transformed through legal and political contestations in the United States, the Middle East, South Asia, and the European Union.

Shakman Hurd’s first book The Politics of Secularism in International Relations was published by Princeton University Press in 2008.  Her most recent book is Comparative Secularisms in a Global Age, co-edited with Linell E. Cady and published by Palgrave in 2010.