Former Academicians

Allen D. Hertzke


Allen D. Hertzke

Date of birth 30 January 1950

Place Norman, OK, United States of America (America)

Nomination 22 May 2012 - 21 May 2022 (Former Academician)

Field Political Science

Title Emeritus Professor

  • Biography
  • Publications

Most important awards, prizes and academies
A winner of numerous teaching awards and scholarly recognitions, 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; Associate Scholar for the Religious Freedom Research Project of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University; and Faculty and Fellows member, Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. He has co-organized conferences on global religious freedom at Istanbul, Rome, and Washington DC.

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 sixth 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 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 Agency and the Integration of Marginalized People”, in Towards a Participatory Society: New Roads to Social and Cultural Integration, Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, 2018; “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; “Global Christian Networks for Human Dignity,” in Nations Under God: The Geopolitics of Faith in the 21st Century, edited by Luke M. Herrington, Alasdair McKay & Jeffrey Haynes, E-International Relations, August 2015; “The Global Implications of the Domestic Conscience Battle”, in Institutions and Conscience, Helen Alvare, Matthew Franck, and Robert George, Editors (Augustine Press 2014); “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 TimesWashington PostWall Street JournalLondon Times, The New Yorker, Time Magazine, New RepublicUSA Today, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles TimesSan Francisco ChronicleWeekly 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

2130 Dakota Street
Norman, OK 73069

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