The APSA Religion & Politics Early Career Workshop was organized by Shayla Olson, Amy Erica Smith, and Hilary Zedlitz. We designed this workshop as an opportunity for graduate students, post-docs, and non-tenure track faculty to get feedback on their work. The workshop will be held in the early summer to give participants time to implement feedback from the workshop in time for the fall conference cycle.

The workshop will be held virtually and is open to the public (register here). We invite scholars at all stages to come listen and provide feedback to our presenters.

Schedule and Meeting Link

The workshops will run on Tuesdays from 2-4pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), from May 25th to June 15th.

Register to attend here. The link is the same for each meeting, and registration is only required one time to attend all meetings.

Please email Amy Erica Smith (aesmith2@iastate.edu) for access to the papers.

May 25th (2-4pm EDT)

Topic: Race and Racial Attitudes

  1. Mariska Jung (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) - “Islamophobia and Antisemitism Articulated via Animal Politics”
  2. Charles M. Turner (University of Utah) - “Out of the Shadows: New Strategies for Identifying Islamophobia”
  3. Noemi Hernandez Alexander (California Baptist University) - “The Politics of Latino-Evangelicals”
  4. Shayla F. Olson (University of Michigan) - “Abortion or Race? An Experimental Test of Evangelicals’ Preferences”

June 1st (2-4pm EDT)

Topic: Evangelicals Cross-Nationally

  1. Levi Allen (University of Notre Dame) - “How ‘Evangelical’ Became Political”
  2. Leonardo Falabella (University of California, San Diego) - “When and Why Does Religion Shape Vote Choice? The Case of Evangelical Christians in Brazil”
  3. Isabel Castillo (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) - “Evangelicals and the Repoliticization of Religion: Chile’s Constitutional Plebiscite in Comparative Perspective”
  4. Leonardo Oliveira (Fundação Getulio Vargas) - “A Brazilian Serpent’s Egg: An Analysis of the Performance of Conservative Groups in the Field of Public Policies Demanded by Members of the LGBT+ Community in Brazil”

June 8th (2-4pm EDT)

Topic: Religion, Beliefs, and Theory

  1. Derek Lief (University of Michigan) - “The Effect of Organizational Religiosity on Performance”
  2. Hilary Zedlitz (University of Michigan) - “Longing to Belong: Nones, Belonging, and Political Behavior”
  3. Sarah Greenberg (Cornell University) - “The Many Moses’s of Hobbes’s Leviathan: Covenant, Sovereignty, and Authority”
  4. Chelsea N. Jones (University of California, Los Angeles) - “Black Americans Ideological Diversity: The Role of the Black Church”

June 15th (2-4pm EDT)

Topic: Comparative Politics and International Relations

  1. Ben Peterson (Texas A&M University) - “When Do States Reform Religions? State-led Family Law Reform in Muslim-Majority Countries”
  2. Rana Osman (School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London) - “The Meaning of Justice during Popular Uprisings in Africa and the Middle East: A Comparative Legal Analysis between Religious Institutions in Egypt”

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