I am a fifth year PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, a Doctoral Student Affiliate of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and a Graduate Fellow of the Notre Dame International Security Center. I am a Comparativist studying religion and politics. My dissertation project focuses on exploring historical explanations for the use of religious rhetoric by right-wing populist parties in Central Europe.
I have a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School in 2016 at Tufts University and I received my BA in Medieval Studies and History from the University of Chicago in 2008. Prior to Notre Dame, I worked as Director of Communications for a Chicago city councilman and on campaigns in the Chicagoland area.
My work focuses on civic engagement between transnational religious traditions and states -- with a regional focus on Europe. I focus on how minority religious organizations and communities engage with their local governments to have their religious needs met and to acquire state resources. I am especially interested in sub-national variation of integration of these minority religious communities in Europe.
I am interested in the role religious identity can play as a strategic tool of political parties, and the role religious identity plays in determining individual-level political behavior.
Reflections and Initial Findings from German Fieldwork Portion of Dissertation Project
Sep 9, 2019
Believing and Belonging: Religion, National Identity, and the Integration of Migrants
May 21, 2019
Scholar of Religion in Politics Engages with Kellogg at Many Levels
Jun 15, 2017
“I want to understand how citizens can help to make democracy better,” says Visiting Fellow Amy Erica Smith. A political scientist with expertise in Latin American and Brazilian politics, she focuses her work on mass political behavior.