Bill Drexel is an MPhil candidate in Intellectual History and Political Thought at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. His work focuses on the comparative ideological origins of modern religio-political movements, especially Islamism, Hindu nationalism, and religious Zionism. Particularly, Bill explores how these movements are inspired by—and reconcile themselves to—modernity and secularity.
Bill previously studied the Humanities at Yale University, and spent a year conducting research on Hinduism and environmentalism across India as a Fox International Fellow at Jawaharlal Nehru University. His research interests include secularism theory, pluralism, and the history of religious diplomacy.
News & Events
24th Apr 2018
CIRIS Graduate Research Associate Leor Zmigrod has published a paper on the psychological processes that give rise to nationalistic ideologies in the context of the United Kingdom’s 2016 EU Referendum. The research identified cognitive information processing styles that contribute towards support for Brexit and opposition to immigration and free movement of labour. Specifically, the findings […]
21st Feb 2018
In January 2018 CIRIS released a fascinating new report by Prof Chris Douglas on religion and fake news. The report explores the religious dimension of fake news in both Europe and the United States and offers recommendations for how policymakers and other leaders can fight back against faith-based fake news. Christopher Douglas teaches American literature and […]
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