I am an Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Northern Iowa. My research focuses on the relationship between religion, law, and government in the United States. In particular, I’m interested in how the U.S. government decides what counts as “religious,” and how it chooses to engage religious people, ideas, and institutions.

My first book explored how conflicts over America’s religious diversity were formative influences on the development of U.S. intelligence. You can learn more about this in Errand into the Wilderness of Mirrors: Religion and the History of the CIAYou can also read more about my research and teaching.

You can contact me by e-mail at grazmike [at] gmail [dot] com or reach me on Twitter at @grazmike.

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