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J. Judd OwenAssociate Professor


  • Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1998
  • M.A., University of Toronto, 1992
  • B.A., Davidson College, 1990


Research Interests: Enlightenment and liberal political thought and their critics, religion and politics.

J. Judd Owen is currently Faculty Fellow with the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the author of Religion and the Demise of Liberal Rationalism (Chicago, 2001) and is completing a book entitled The Democratic Soul: Religious Transformation and Civic Life in Tocqueville and the Enlightenment. He is co-editing a volume on Religion, the Enlightenment, and the New Global Order and editing a volume on Toleration and Truth: The Impact of Liberal Society on Religion. He has published in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of PoliticsPerspectives on PoliticsPolity, the Law and Politics Book Review, and Books in Canada. He has been a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science at Boston College and a research fellow with the Center on Religion and Democracy at the University of Virginia. Currently he is a Senior Fellow with the Center for the Study of Law and Religion and the Emory School of Law.