Dr. Timothy Samuel Shah

Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Shah is a political scientist specializing in religious freedom, religion and global politics, and the history of political thought. With his wife, Rebecca Shah, he is based in Bangalore, India. With funding from the Templeton Religion Trust, he spearheaded an analysis of the religious freedom landscape as well as viable religious freedom strategies in South and Southeast Asia (2017-2020). In addition to serving as a senior fellow at the Archbridge Institute, Shah is currently a Distinguished Research Scholar in the Politics Department at the University of Dallas and the principal investigator of the Freedom of Religious Institutions in Society (FORIS) project. He is author of Even if There is No God: Hugo Grotius and the Secular Foundations of Modern Political Liberalism (OUP, forthcoming) and Religious Freedom: Why Now? Defending an Embattled Human Right (Witherspoon Institute, 2012). He is co-author of God’s Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics (W.W. Norton, 2011) and, most recently, co-editor of Under Caesar’s Sword: Christian Responses to Persecution (Cambridge, 2018) and co-editor of Homo Religiosus?: Exploring the Roots of Religion and Religious Freedom in Human Experience (Cambridge, 2018).

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