'Religious Freedom and Economic Liberty' by Anthony Gill

Is there a relationship between religious freedom and economic liberty? If so, what is the causal direction? Professor Anthony Gill explores the possible links between these two realms of liberty, arguing that the freedoms that allow religious organizations to flourish are part-and-parcel the same ones that allow for market exchange. The talk draws lessons from the rise of religious toleration and liberty in the Netherlands, England and the U.S.; how it was related to immigration and commerce; and how greater individual freedom may be promoted globally.

Anthony Gill (PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 1994) is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, adjunct professor of sociology at the UW, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion. He specializes in political economy and religion and politics, with an emphasis on church-state relations, religious liberty and religious economies. Gill teaches courses in political economy, and religion and politics. He was the recipient of the University of Washington's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1999. 

He is the author of "The Political Origins of Religious Liberty" (Cambridge, 2007) and "Rendering Unto Caesar: The Catholic Church and the State in Latin America" (University of Chicago Press, 1998). Gill has also published numerous journal articles, book chapters and has been a guest host for a local talk radio program. His latest endeavor is a weekly and free podcast series called Research on Religion that seeks to make social scientific studies of religion more accessible to the public.

Currently, he is studying how governments regulate religious organizations and how this impacts the level of religiosity in society. In addition to studying religion and politics, his interests relate to methodological and analytical issues surrounding comparative political analysis, including research design, rational choice and game theory.

Outside of academia, Gill is interested in camping, outdoor cooking, martial arts, property rights, the Old West and hardware stores. He is intending to write a book about the economics of hardware stores in the near future.


School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership
SCETL Events
Sep 13 2018 - 4:30pm
West Hall 135
Tempe campus