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Jonathan Fox (Ph.D. University of Maryland, 1997) is the Yehuda Avner Professor of Religion and Politics, director of the Religion and State (RAS) project. (, and a senior research fellow at Bar-Ilan's Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. He has received the Distinguished Scholar award in religion and international relations from the International Studies Association (ISA) and The Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Outstanding Scholar Award in religion and politics from the American Political Science Association (APSA). He specializes in the influence of religion on politics which he examines using both quantitative and qualitative methodology. His research also investigates the impact of religion on domestic conflict, terrorism, international intervention, and international relations. His other research interests include the quantitative analysis of Samuel Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations" theory, nationalism, and ethnic conflict. His recent books on these topics include Why Do People Discriminate Against Jews? (Oxford University Press, 2021), Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me: Why Governments Discriminate against Religious Minorities (Cambridge University Press, 2020), and An Introduction to Religion and Politics: Theory & Practice, Second edition (Routledge, 2018).

Prof. Fox teaches courses on religion and politics, civil conflict, US politics, methodology, and "Political Science Fiction--Political Science and Science Fiction Literature." He is the author or editor of thirteen books and over one hundred and ten research articles and book chapters.

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Oct 1991Sep 1997

Award Date: 30 Sep 1997


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