Nick Mullins, a graduate student in the Department of Politics and Government, recently published a paper in the Journal for Religion, Society and Politics.

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Nick Mullins

The paper, titled “Contesting the Secular West: Religio-cultural Identity Politics in Western Liberal Democracies,” grapples with the link between religion, culture, and national identity, with a focus on the contemporary politics of Western liberal democracies. Mullins argues that respective historical experiences with secularization and religion (though not necessarily in the traditional faithful sense) are driving cultural debates over what defines the nation and national identity.

Mullins, a second-year graduate student, received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Department of Politics and Government and is a full-time employee at ISU’s Comptroller’s Office.