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Jonathan Laurence

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Jonathan Laurence

Jonathan Laurence is director of the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy and professor of political science at Boston College. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and from 2003-2018, he was Nonresident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy studies at the Brookings Institution. Since 2018, he has served on the board of Reset Dialogues US.

Laurence is author of Coping with Defeat: Islam, Catholicism and the Modern State (Princeton 2021), which presents a historical panorama of the Islamic and Catholic political-religious empires and exposes striking parallels in their relationship with the modern state. He is also author of The Emancipation of Europe’s Muslims (Princeton, 2012), which was named Best Book on Citizenship and Migration, and Best Book on Religion and Politics, by the American Political Science Association in 2013.

Laurence is co-author of Integrating Islam (with Justin Vaïsse, Brookings, 2006), one of the first English-language books about Islam in contemporary France, which was named an Outstanding Title by the American Library Association and was translated into French (Odile Jacob, 2007).

Laurence was a Berlin prize fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, a Norway Research Council fellow and visiting fellow at CERI-Sciences Po (Paris), senior fellow at the Transatlantic Academy at the German Marshall Fund, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has also been a guest researcher at Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, a visiting professor at Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS) Guido Carli in Rome, a Council on the US and Italy visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a guest researcher at New York University and at Sciences Po-Paris.


  • Professor of Political Science, Boston College
  • Director, Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, Boston College
  • Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University