Benjamin R. Hertzberg

Visiting Professor of Political Science, Emory University
Areas of Expertise:
  • American Democracy
  • Election 2016
  • Religion

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About Benjamin

Hertzberg’s research focuses on religion and democratic politics. He is interested in the moral and political questions religious advocacy in democracies raise, the ways in which religion is treated in the Courts, and the ways in which religious texts and traditions influence democratic advocacy and democracy impacts religions.



"Daniel, Esther, and the Minority Politics of the Hebrew Bible" Polity 47, no. 3 (2015): 397-416.

Compares the two models and argues for their continued relevance to broader discussions of minority politics.

"Chains of Persuasion in the Deliberative System: Addressing the Pragmatics of Religious Inclusion" Journal of Politics 77, no. 4 (2015): 889-900.

Demonstrates how understanding democracy as a deliberative system shows how religious arguments persuade and how religious people can be persuaded.

In the News

"Mormons' Unchristian Policy on LGBTQ," Benjamin R. Hertzberg, CNN.com Opinion, November 13, 2015.
"Utah’s Mormons Rejected Trump and Picked Cruz. Here’s Why," Benjamin R. Hertzberg, The Washington Post, March 23, 2016.