Arizona State University Researchers Study the Relationship of Religion, Human Rights, and Gender

The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflicts at Arizona State University received a two-year $350,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to fund a project entitled, “Religion and International Affairs: Through the Prism of Rights and Gender.”

The grant will support a faculty seminar, public lectures, visiting scholars, research awards, international fellows, and a conference at ASU in March 2012.

Linell Cady

Linell Cady, Dean’s Distinguished Professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies and Carolyn Warner, professor and chair of the political science department at Arizona State, are codirectors of the project.

Carolyn Warner

Professor Cady notes: “We chose to focus on gender, human rights, and religion because that’s an especially combustible combination.” She points out that often women — how they dress and what they do — are the pawns in larger battles over national, civilizational, or religious identity.

Professor Cady is a graduate of Newton College. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University. She is the author of Religion, Theology, and American Public Life (State University of New York Press, 1993).

Professor Warner is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. at Harvard University. She is the author of The Best System Money Can Buy: Corruption in the European Union (Cornell University Press, 2007) and Confessions of an Interest Group: the Catholic Church and Political Parties in Europe (Princeton University Press, 2000).

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