Below are my scholarly publications, with links to replication data where available. You can read more about my research projects on my Research page.


Religious appeals in Power Politics, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2023


Islamic Politics, Muslim States and Counterterrorism Tensions, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016


Replication Data

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Reassembling the Social in the Study of Religion and International Relations,” International Studies Review, 25.3 (2023)

What we talk about when we talk about soft power,” International Studies Perspectives, 23.1 (2022): 94-111

Issues in quantitative analysis and security studies involving Muslims,” International Journal of Religion, 2.1 (2021)

Assessing the impact of the Global War on Terrorism on terrorism threats in Muslim countries,” Terrorism and Political Violence, 33.7 (2021). Copy of article. Replication Data.

Weapon of the Strong? Government Support for Religion and Majoritarian Terrorism,” (with Nilay Saiya and Ashlyn Hand) Journal of Conflict Resolution, 64.10 (2020). Copy of article. Replication data. 

“Government interference in religious institutions and terrorism,” Religion, state and society, 47.1 (2019): 67-86Copy of article. Replication Data

“Taming the Gods: How Religious Conflict Shapes Religious Repression” (with Jason Klocek), Journal of Conflict Resolution, 63.1 (2019): 112-138. Copy of articleReplication Data (via Dataverse)

“Does the UN Human Rights Council Help or Hurt on Religious Repression?” Journal of Church and State, 60.4 (2018): 705-724. Copy of article. Replication Data.

“The Effect of Religious Restrictions on Forced Migration” (with Melanie Kolbe), Politics and Religion 7.4 (2014): 665-683.  Copy of Article (please contact corresponding author for replication data)

“The Domestic Politics of International Religious Defamation,” Politics and Religion 6.3 (2013): 512-537.  Copy of Article. Replication Data (via Dataverse).

“The Two Swords: Religion-State Connections and Interstate Disputes,” Journal of Peace Research 49.6 (2012): 753-768. Copy of article. Replication Data (via JPR).

“The Ancient Fire: Religion and Suicide Terrorism,” Terrorism and Political Violence 24.1 (2012): 38-60. Copy of article. Replication Data (via Dataverse).

Chapters in Edited Volumes

“Religious nationalism and terrorism,” in Routledge Handbook of Religion and Nationalism edited by Jeffrey Haynes (London, Routledge, forthcoming)

Tragedy or Irony: Geopolitical Grand Narratives, Religious Outreach, and US Soft Power,” (with Gregorio Bettiza), in The Geopolitics of Religion: How states use religion in foreign policy, ed. Peter Mandaville (New York: Oxford University Press, 2023)

Religious Soft Power: Promises, Limits, and Ways Forward,” (with Gregorio Bettiza), in The Geopolitics of Religion: How states use religion in foreign policy, ed. Peter Mandaville (New York: Oxford University Press, 2023)

“Religion and Terrorism: An Overview,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Oxford University Press. Copy of Chapter

“One Cheer for Classical Realism, or Toward a Power Politics of Religion,” (with Daniel Nexon) in Jodok Troy (ed.), Religion and the Realist Tradition, New York, NY: Routledge, 2013

“Interpret this Volume! What we’ve learned about Battlestar Galactica’s International-Relations scholar-fans,” (with Daniel Nexon) in Neumann, Iver and Nicholas Kiersey (Eds.) Battlestar Galactica and International Relations, New York, NY: Routledge, 2013.

“Is all Jihad Local? Transnational Contention and Political Violence in Somalia” chapter in Leonard, Emma & Gilbert Ramsay (Eds.). Globalizing Somalia: Multilateral, International, and Transnational Repercussions of Conflict. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013.

Book Reviews

Mohammed Ayatollahi Tabaar: Religious Statecraft: the Politics of Islam in Iran,” Terrorism and Political Violence (forthcoming). Copy of review.

Lee Marsden: Religion and International Security,” Global Peace, Change and Security 32.2 (2020). Copy of review.

Nilay Saiya’s Weapons of Peace,” Nationalities Papers (forthcoming). Copy of review