Associate Professor of Law
Kristine Kalanges is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, where her teaching and research interests include: democracy, development and human rights; international and comparative law; international political economy; legal and political philosophy; and religious freedom. Her first book, Religious Liberty in Western and Islamic Law: Toward a World Legal Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2012), explored the comparative effects of religious beliefs and practices on constitutions and international human rights. Her current book project, Transcendence and the Just Order, bridges theology, Continental political thought and jurisprudence to argue that freedom of the church is necessary for interrupting the totalitarian tendencies of the modern state and market and achieving true justice.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Professor Kalanges joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2012, where she is a faculty fellow in the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Beginning in 2014, she will also be an Associate Scholar with the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. Previously, she was an assistant professor of Justice, Law & Society in the School of Public Affairs at American University. She also practiced corporate law in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and served in Washington, D.C. as a law clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice.
In 2008, Professor Kalanges received a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law, Economics and Public Policy, and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University, where she was a Graduate Fellow in International Relations. She also holds a M.A. in Government from Georgetown University and a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound, where she majored in International Political Economy. Prior to undertaking graduate studies, she spent two years in Seattle’s private sector, providing research, marketing, and communications services for technology and consulting firms.
Courses TaughtComparative Law
LAW70437, International Business Transactions
ScholarshipBooks & Book Chapters
Sharia and Modernity in ASHGATE RESEARCH COMPANION TO ISLAMIC LAW, eds. Peri Bearman and Ruud Peters, Forthcoming.
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN WESTERN AND ISLAMIC LAW: TOWARD A WORLD LEGAL TRADITION
(Oxford University Press, 2012).
Hobbes and the Political Theology of Pluralism (in progress) in JURISPRUDENCE, Forthcoming.
Religious Liberty: Between Strategy and Telos in 11 REVIEW OF FAITH IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, 28-31 (Winter 2013).
Taking God Seriously: Why Religion is Essential to the Defense of Religious Human Rights 2011
FIDES ET LIBERTAS 37-58 (2011).
Talking Points on Report of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, A/HRC/22/51, Human Rights Council, UN, Geneva. Prepared for the Caritas in Veritate Foundation, May 2013.
Contributor, INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY, David N. Balaam and Bradford Dillman, eds. (Longman, 2nd ed. 2000, 3rd ed. 2004, 5th ed. 2010).
Transcendence and the Just Order (book manuscript)
Law as Cultural Contestation: Religious Freedom and Islam in Europe and the United States
Global Justice and International Economic Law: The Critical Contribution of World Religions
Areas of Expertise
- Comparative Legal Traditions
- International Political Economy
- Law and Development
- Legal and Political Philosophy
- Religion and Human Rights