Academic Profile : Faculty

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Assoc Prof Nilay Saiya
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences
Journal Articles
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staff as info will be
pulled from PRDS)
“Christian Nationalism’s Threat to Global Democracy.” Review of Faith & International Affairs. Forthcoming.

“Democracy’s Ambivalent Effect on Terrorism.” Journal of Conflict Resolution. Forthcoming (with Ashlyn Hand).

“Navigating the Academic Book Publishing Process.” PS: Political Science & Politics 55, no. 4 (2022): 783-787.

“God of War, God of Peace: The Political Ambivalence of Christianity in American Foreign Policy.” Journal of Church & State 64, no. 3 (2022): 458-478.

“Paradoxes of Pluralism, Privilege, and Persecution: Explaining Christian Growth and Decline Worldwide.” Sociology of Religion 83, no. 1 (2022): 60-78 (with Stuti Manchanda*).

“Who Attacks America? Islamist Attacks on the American Homeland.” Perspectives on Terrorism 15, no. 5 (2021): 187-201.

“Why Freedom Defeats Terrorism.” Journal of Democracy 32, no. 2 (2021): 105-115.

“Weapon of the Strong: Government Support for Religion and Majoritarian Terrorism.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 64, no. 10 (2020): 1943-1967 (with Peter S. Henne and Ashlyn W. Hand*).

“Do Burqa Bans Make Us Safer? Veil Restrictions and Terrorism in Europe.” Journal of European Public Policy 27, no. 12 (2020): 1781-1800 (with Stuti Manchanda*).

“Confronting Apocalyptic Terrorism: Lessons from France and Japan.” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism 43, no. 9 (2020): 375-395.

“Anti-conversion Laws and Violent Christian Persecution in the States of India: A Quantitative Analysis.” Ethnicities 20, no. 3 (2020): 587-607 (with Stuti Manchanda*).
“Pluralism and Peace in South Asia.” Review of Faith & International Affairs 17, no. 4 (2019): 12-22.

“Comparing Classification Trees to Discern Patterns of Terrorism.” Social Science Quarterly 100, no. 4 (June 2019): 1420-1444 (with Anthony Scime).

“Religion, State and Terrorism: A Global Analysis.” Terrorism and Political Violence 31, no. 2 (April 2019): 204-223.

“Taking God Seriously: The Struggle Against Extremism.” Middle East Policy, 25, no. 1 (Spring 2018): 80-95 (with Joshua Fidler*).

“Blasphemy and Terrorism in the Muslim World.” Terrorism and Political Violence 29, no. 6 (November 2017): 1087-1105.

“Testing the Hillary Doctrine: Women’s Rights and Anti-American Terrorism.” Political Research Quarterly 70, no. 2 (June 2017): 421-433. (with Tasneem Zaihra and Joshua Fidler*).

“How Dangerous are Virtual Worlds Really?: A Research Note on the Statecraft Simulation Debate.” Social Science Computer Review 35, no. 2 (Spring 2017): 287-296.

“Religious Freedom, the Arab Spring and U.S. Middle East Policy.” International Politics 54, no. 1 (February 2017): 43-53.

“The Statecraft Simulation and Foreign Policy Attitudes among Undergraduate Students.” Journal of Political Science Education 12, no. 1 (March 2016): 58-71.

“Religion, Democracy and Terrorism.” Perspectives on Terrorism 9, no.6 (December 2015): 51-59.

“Explaining Religious Terrorism: A Data-Mined Analysis.” Conflict Management and Peace Science 32, no. 5 (November 2015): 487-512. (with Anthony Scime).

“The Religious Freedom Peace.” International Journal of Human Rights 19, no. 3 (June 2015): 369-382.

“Classification Trees as Proxies.” International Journal of Business Analytics 2, no. 2 (April-June 2015): 31-45. (With Anthony Scime, Steven J. Jurek, and Gregg R. Murray).

“Navigating the International Academic Job Market.” PS: Political Science and Politics 47, no. 4 (October 2014): 845-848.

“Onward Christian Soldiers: American Dispensationalists, George W. Bush and the Middle East.” Holy Land Studies 11, no. 2 (Fall 2012): 175-204.

“The U.S. Recognition of Israel: A Bureaucratic Politics Model Analysis.” Concept 23, no. 1 (Spring 2005): 41-63
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staff as info will be
pulled from PRDS)
The Global Politics of Jesus: A Christian Case for Church-State Separation. New York: Oxford University Press, 2022.

Weapon of Peace: How Religious Liberty Combats Terrorism. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Book Chapters
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staff as info will be
pulled from PRDS)
“Explaining Religious Terrorism,” in Murat Haner and Melissa Sloan, (eds.), Theories of Terrorism: Contemporary Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2021): 55-77.

“The Geopolitics of Religious Liberty,” in Luke Herrington, Alisdair McKay, and Jeffrey Haynes, (eds.), Nations Under God: The Geopolitics of Faith in the Twenty-First Century (E-International Relations, 2015): 133-138.

“Religion and International Relations,” in Emilian Kavalski (ed.), Encounters with World Affairs: An Introduction to International Relations (London: Routledge, 2015): 397-414.

“Explaining Religious Violence Across Countries: An Institutional Perspective," in Kevin R. den Dulk and Elizabeth Oldmixon (eds.), Mediating Religion and Government: Political Institutions and the Policy Process (New York: Palgrave, 2014): 209-240.

“Religious Terrorism: What Remains to be Said?,” in Michael C. Desch and Daniel Philpott (eds.), Religion and International Relations: A Primer for Research (South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame, 2013): 152-162.
Opinions & Commentaries
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staff as info will be
pulled from PRDS)
“Biden Needs to Seize His ‘Nixon Moment,’” National Interest, September 11, 2022.

“The Politics of Jesus: Beyond Transformation and Isolation,” Liberty Magazine, September/October, 2022.

“Sixty Years After the Cuban Missile Crisis, Biden Should Follow JFK’s Lead,” National Interest, August 31, 2022.

“Why Christian Nationalism is a Global Problem,” ABC Religion & Ethics, July 11, 2022.

“Paradox of Christian Privilege,” Liberty Magazine, November/December, 2021.

“Strongmen Don’t Fight Terrorism. They Fuel It,” Slate, May 17, 2021.

“Proof that Political Privilege is Harmful for Christianity,” Christianity Today, May 6, 2021.

“Sri Lanka’s Proposed ‘Burqa Ban’ Would Backfire,” The Diplomat, March 26, 2021.

“Swiss Vote to Ban Burqas Increases Risk of Extremism,” EUobserver, March 19, 2021.

“Biden Must End American Support for Islam’s Repression,” Berkley Forum, Georgetown University, December 11, 2020.

“On the Need for a New Pluralism in South Asia,” Religion and Global Society Blog, London School of Economics, December 4, 2020.

“Why Veil Restrictions Increase the Risk of terrorism in Europe,” EUROPP Blog, London School of Economics, December 17, 2019.

“Religious Repression and the Easter Attacks: The Hidden Connection,” The Diplomat, April 30, 2019.

“Why Championing Women’s Rights Abroad Should Be a Central Part of US Foreign Policy,” USAPP Blog, London School of Economics and Politics,” August 15, 2018.

“A Necessary Step? Examining Religious Freedom and Counterterrorism,” Cornerstone Blog, Religious Freedom Institute, June 28, 2017.

“Why Colorado Could Decide the 2016 Presidential Election,” The Denver Post, October 3, 2016.

“The Real Tragedy of Trump’s Foreign Policy,” USA Today, September 21, 2016.

“Why the U.S. Military Needs Religious Literacy,” Cornerstone Blog, Berkley Center for Religion Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University, September 21, 2015.

“Does Religious Liberty Encourage or Curb Faith-based Terrorism?,” Cornerstone Blog, Berkley Center for Religion Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University, April 20, 2015.

“Religious Freedom Crucial to National Security,” Philadelphia Inquirer, January 16, 2015.

“Religious Freedom: The Best Weapon Against Terrorism,” Arc of the Universe Blog, Center for Civil and Human Rights, University of Notre Dame, November 29, 2014.

“Putin’s Point of View,” The Baltimore Sun, April 7, 2014.

“Abysmal Foreign Policy Relies Far Too Much on U.S. Military Might,” The Buffalo News, December 15, 2013.

“Flaws in U.S.’s Afghan Policy,” Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, December 5, 2013.

“The Real Death of Bin Laden’s Ideology,” South Bend Tribune, June 7, 2012.

“Obama Shows by His Actions That He Wants to Be a Unifier,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 18, 2008.

“Bush Mindset Helps to Blur Islamic World,” Harrisburg Patriot News, March 11, 2007.