Religion and law

My interests in secularization and religion in political theory of course implicate problems of secularism; these interests have only been underscored by recent political developments. The major archive for thinking about the problematics of secularism is, of course, legal documents. My particular interest is the way in which various legal and political actors draw on scholarship about religion in order to help them adjudicate, for instance, which religious practices are authentically "religious," or what such religious practices "mean." I am currently pursuing this question with relation to the discourse surrounding the niqab and burqini bans in France. 

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Particularly in this tumultuous political moment, I have enjoyed teaching Religion in U.S. Law and Politics at Columbia. I would relish the opportunity to teach an advanced undergraduate or graduate seminar in comparative secularisms.