Allen D. Hertzke

Allen Hertzke

Date of Birth 30 January 1950
Nomination 22 May 2012
Field Political Science
Title Professor

Most important awards, prizes and academies
A winner of numerous teaching awards, Dr. Hertzke has lectured at the National Press Club, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, Harvard University, Princeton University, Georgetown University, Notre Dame University, the University of California-Berkeley, and before numerous audiences in China. He is also Distinguished Senior Fellow for the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University and Senior Fellow for the Religious Freedom Project of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University.

Summary of scientific research

Religion and Politics, Religious Freedom.

Main publications
He is author of Freeing God’s Children: The Unlikely Alliance for Global Human Rights; Representing God in Washington, an award-winning analysis of religious lobbies, which has been issued in a Chinese language translation; Echoes of Discontent, an account of church-rooted populist movements; and co-author of Religion and Politics in America, a comprehensive text now in its fourth edition. He is editor of two volumes on religious freedom: The Future of Religious Freedom: Global Challenges (Oxford University Press) and Religious Freedom in America: Constitutional Roots and Contemporary Challenges (University of Oklahoma Press). Most recently he is co-editor (with Timothy Samuel Shah) of two landmark volumes: Christianity and Freedom Volume 1: Historical Perspectives and Christianity and Freedom Volume 2: Contemporary Perspectives (Cambridge University Press 2016). He directed the major research project, “Lobbying for the Faithful: Religious Advocacy Groups in Washington DC”, Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, November 2011. He also served as guest editor of the Fall 2012 edition of the Review on Faith and International Affairs on strategies of advocacy for religious freedom. He was also commissioned to write “The Catholic Church and Catholicism in Global Politics”, for the Routledge Handbook of Religion and Politics (2016). Among his many articles and book chapters, several recent publications focus on religious freedom, including “Religious Freedom in the World Today: Paradox and Promise”, in Universal Rights in a World of Diversity: The Case of Religious Freedom, Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, 2012; “The Supreme Court and Religious Liberty”, The Weekly Standard, October 18, 2010; “The U.S. Congress: Protecting and Accommodating Religion”, in the Oxford Handbook on Church and State in the United States, edited by Derek Davis, 2010; International Religious Freedom: Taking Stock of an American Foreign Policy Initiative, The Review of Faith & International Affairs, (Summer 2008); “The United States of America – American Muslim Exceptionalism”. in The Borders of Islam, Stig Jarle Hansen, Alte Mesoy, and Tuncay Kardas, editors, London, Hurst & Company, 2009; and in Chinese language translation, “The First Freedom and Church-State Policy in the U.S.A.”, in Religion and American Society, Volume 4, Center for American Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 2008. A frequent news commentator, Hertzke has been featured in such outlets as The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, London Times, Time Magazine, New Republic, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Weekly Standard, BBC World Service, PBS, and National Public Radio. He has held positions in Washington D.C. as Visiting Senior Fellow at the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, Visiting Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and as Visiting Scholar at the Brookings Institution. Between 2008 and 2010 he served as lead consultant, first for the Pew Charitable Trusts and then for the John Templeton Foundation, to develop strategic recommendations for advancing religious freedom around the globe. He serves on the editorial boards of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion and The Review of Faith & International Affairs.


Professional address

David Ross Boyd Professor
Department of Political Science
205 Dale Hall Tower
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK 73019


Religious Freedom in the World Today: Paradox and Promise (PDF) 2011

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