in Michael Rectenwald, Rochelle Almeida, and George Levine (eds.), Global Secularisms in a Post-Secular Age, Boston/Berlin: De Gruyter, (2015).
The chapter argues that American scholarship challenging the secular premises of social scientific research on international affairs, cannot be completely divorced from parallel efforts directed towards challenging the secular premises of American foreign policy. Put differently, American scholarship seeking to bring more ‘religion in’ the social scientific study of international affairs, is often either directly or indirectly tied to bringing more ‘religion in’ American foreign policy. This argument is advanced by mapping and unpacking the extent to which American post-secular expertise on international affairs – conceptualized as a heterogeneous, pluralistic, ‘epistemic community’ – is closely linked to university centers and research institutions that actively seek to influence American foreign policy debates and policy-making in Washington DC.