Research on Religion podcast series
Anthony Gill (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1994) is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, adjunct professor of Sociology at the UW, and a non-resident scholar at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion. He specializes in political economy and religion & politics, with an emphasis on church-state relations, religious liberty and religious economies. He is author of The Political Origins of Religious Liberty (Cambridge 2007) and Rendering unto Caesar: The Catholic Church and the State in Latin America (University of Chicago Press, 1998). Professor Gill has also published numerous journal articles, book chapters and has been a guest host for a local talk radio program. His latest endeavor is a weekly podcast series called Research on Religion that seeks to make social scientific studies of religion more accessible to the general public. Currently, he is spearheading a team project being run through Georgetown University’s Religious Freedom Project (part of the Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace, & World Affairs) examining the relationship between religious liberty, economic growth, and political liberalization. This is a three year grant funded by the Templeton Foundation. Tony is also studying how governments regulate religious organizations and how this impacts the level of religiosity in society. In addition to studying religion & politics, his interests also include environmental politics, property rights, and public choice theory. Outside of academia, Prof. Gill is interested in camping, outdoor cooking, martial arts, property rights, the Old West, and hardware stores. He is intending to write a book about the economics of hardware stores in the near future.
Gill teaches courses in political economy and religion & politics. He was the recipient of the University of Washington's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1999.