Luce Professor Is Scholar of Islam and Politics


Emad Shahin has been appointed Henry R. Luce Associate Professor of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute.

Before joining Kroc’s faculty, Shahin was associate professor of political science at the American University in Cairo, visiting associate professor in the department of government at Harvard University, and visiting scholar in the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School. He earned his Ph.D. in international relations at Johns Hopkins University and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in political science at the American University in Cairo.

Shahin’s scholarship examines the foundations for democracy and political reform within Islamic law, philosophy, and political practices. At the Kroc Institute, he will continue his work on the interaction between Islam and politics, especially in the Middle East. He also will be part of a new research collaborative of Muslim and Catholic scholars and public intellectuals, drawn together by the Kroc Institute, who are examining how the world’s two largest religious communities are wrestling with a wide range of contemporary global challenges.

An award-winning teacher, Shahin is offering a new class, Contemporary Political Islam, to Notre Dame undergraduates. His recent work includes Political Ascent: Contemporary Islamic Movements in North Africa, co-editorship of Struggling over Democracy in the Middle East and North Africa, and co-authorship of “Islam and Democracy,” published in Arabic.

Shahin is the editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics (forthcoming from Oxford University Press), and he is co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Islam and Politics (forthcoming from Oxford University Press) with John L. Esposito of Georgetown University.

Contact: Emad Shahin, (574) 631-4685,