Elizabeth Shakman Hurd


Elizabeth Shakman Hurd writes and teaches about political culture, political theory, international relations, and foreign policy. She specializes in relations between Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. Her first book, The Politics of Secularism in International Relations, was published by Princeton University Press in 2008. Arguing that secularist divisions between religion and politics are not fixed, as commonly assumed, but socially and historically constructed, the book examines the philosophical and historical legacies of two secularist traditions that shape European and American approaches to global politics. It then examines the impact of these varieties of secularism upon relations between the United States and Iran, and the European Union and Turkey. Hurd is currently developing a new book-length project that will examine the role of, and interactions between, political theology, law, and religion in international politics. She is also working on contributions for several edited volumes on secularism, religion, and international affairs. Hurd is a member of the Social Science Research Council Working Group on Religion, Secularism, and International Affairs and a co-convenor of the Middle East and North African Studies Working Group at Northwestern University. In 2004-2005 she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, and in spring 2009 will be visiting faculty at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris.



Assistant Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University