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Elizabeth Barre

Rice University

Elizabeth Barre teaches at Rice University in the Program in Writing and Communication.   Before moving to Rice, she held positions of Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Marymount Manhattan College, ACM-Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Islamic Studies at Lake Forest College, and Spruill Fellow in Law and Religion at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion.  Trained as a comparative religious ethicist, she conducts research at the intersection of moral philosophy and the history of religions, with a special focus on Catholic and Muslim political theology. Her current project, the early stages of which was awarded a Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship, compares recent Muslim debates about liberalism, democracy, and the separation of religion and politics to similar debates that arose within the Catholic tradition around the time of the Second Vatican Council.  She regularly teaches courses on the western religious traditions, religion and politics, religion and sexuality, method and theory in the study of religion, and religious ethics.