Presentation by Dr. Timothy Shah, Associate Director, Religious Freedom Project Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs Georgetown University. Presented on 9 April 2014 as part of a visit hosted by IDEAS on 7-9 April 2014.
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Dr. Timmothy Shah
Timothy Shah is associate director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and visiting assistant professor in the Government Department, Georgetown University. He is a political scientist specializing in the relationship between religion and political freedom in theory, history, and contemporary practice. His articles on religion and global politics have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Journal of Democracy, the Review of Politics, and elsewhere.
Shah received his A.B. in Government (magna cum laude with Highest Honors in major field) in 1992 and a Ph.D. in Political Science in 2002, both from Harvard. While pursuing his doctoral studies, he served as a volunteer for a development NGO in Bangalore, India (1994-1995), and was a Visiting Graduate Student in Theology at Christ Church, Oxford (1997-1998). His doctoral dissertation on the natural law theory and political theology of early-modern Dutch jurist Hugo Grotius won the 2003 American Political Science Association’s Aaron Wildavsky Award for Best Dissertation in Religion and Politics.
Shah’s articles and book chapters explore the intersection between religious ideas and actors, on the one hand, and social and political freedom, on the other.
At the Berkley Center, Shah is focusing his intellectual energies on developing a robust concept of religious freedom that centers on both expanding the autonomy of religious actors and safeguarding their full and equal participation in social and civic life. He is currently working on a monograph on this topic that will be published in a short form by the end of 2011 and a longer form by the end of 2013.