My research focuses on religion and international affairs. My new bookReligious Appeals in Power Politics, examines how states try (and fail) to use religion as a tool in foreign policy. You can read more about it here. I have also begun a project, funded by Notre Dame’s Global Religion Research Institute, that explores the use of network analysis to understand international religious politics; read more here.

My earlier work looked at how religion-state connections affect international relations. The theory is most clearly developed in my book, Islamic Politics, Muslim States and Counterterrorism Tensions (published in March 2017 by Cambridge University Press). I discuss it further here. Other research in this area looks at religion and political violence, and religious repression.

Finally, other work looks at the interaction between popular culture and international relations scholarship.

You can find more information on my research at my Researchgate page.