Timothy Samuel Shah

Former Adjunct Senior Fellow for Religion and Foreign Policy

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Former Adjunct Senior Fellow for Religion and Foreign Policy

Award-winning political scientist and expert on religion and world politics. Current research focuses on religion and foreign policy.

Expertise:

Religion and foreign policy; religion and the theory and practice of democracy; global democratization; Third World religion and politics; South Asia; religion and domestic politics.

Experience:

Senior Research Scholar, Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs, Boston University (2007-present); Principal Researcher, Religion in Global Politics Project, Harvard University (2001-present); Research Director, Project on Evangelicalism and Democracy in the Global South (1999-present); Senior Fellow, Religion and World Affairs, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life (2004-2007); Director of South Asian Studies, Ethics and Public Policy Center (2003-2004); Research Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center (1999-2003); Civitas Fellow in Faith and Public Affairs, The Brookings Institution (1998-1999).

Languages:

French (familiar)

Honors:

The American Political Science Association's Aaron Wildavsky Award for Best Dissertation in Religion and Politics, "A Horror of Discord: Radical Pluralism and the Invention of Liberalism in the Early Writings of Hugo Grotius," Harvard Government Department, 2002; the American Political Science Association's Award for Best Paper in Religion and Politics, "Making the World Safe for Liberalism: The Moralization of
Christianity and the Roots of Liberal Public Reason in Hugo Grotius (1583-1645)."

Selected Publications:

"Why God is Winning," Foreign Policy, July/August 2006 (with Monica Toft); "The Bible and the Ballot Box: Evangelicals and Democracy in the 'Global South'," SAIS Review of International Affairs, September 2004; "The Pioneering Protestants," Journal of Democracy, April 2004 (with Robert Woodberry); "Faith, Freedom, and Federation: The Role of Religious Ideas and Institutions in European Political Convergence," Timothy Byrnes and Peter Katzenstein, eds., Religion in an Expanding Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2006) (with Daniel Philpott).

Past Research Projects

Publications

Audio

Godís Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics

Speakers: Monica D. Toft and Timothy Samuel Shah
Presider: Irina A. Faskianos

Coauthors Monica Duffy Toft and Timothy Samuel Shah discuss their new book Godís Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics, coauthored with†Daniel Philpott,†as well as religionís recent resurgence in political influence across the globe. This discussion is part†of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

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