Nations Under God: How Churches Use Moral Authority to Influence Policy

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2017 Prize in History & the Social Sciences

by Anna Grzymała-Busse
Publisher: Princeton University Press (2015)

Jury Statement

Nations Under God: How Churches Use Moral Authority to Influence Policy is an outstanding accomplishment of historically grounded and carefully contextualized comparative political science. Its richness of range and detailed empirical command are no less impressive than its conceptual and methodological sophistication. Together they make an exceedingly rare combination, appealing to historians and political scientists alike, while leaving scholars across the disciplines in its debt. Shining a carefully focused light on a remarkably neglected subject—the complex, variable relationship of religion to politics—Grzymała-Busse captures a patently important question of contemporary social and political life, develops a sophisticated research strategy for its investigation, and delivers outcomes that are as fascinating and suggestive substantively as they are compelling methodologically. The case studies are ambitiously chosen and brilliantly carried off. The study should be enormously influential whether as methodological model or source of arguments and ideas.

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About the Author

Anna Grzymała-Busse is Michelle and Kevin Douglas Professor of International Studies and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.

2017 Jury

George W. Breslauer
Faculty Director of the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Emeritus
University of California, Berkeley

E. Mark Cummings
Professor and Notre Dame Chair in Psychology
University of Notre Dame

Geoff Eley
Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History
University of Michigan

Patrick Griffin
Madden-Hennebry Professor of History
University of Notre Dame

Adele Lindenmeyr
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of History
Villanova University