Asma T. Uddin


Asma T. Uddin is a professor, author, and lawyer specializing in religious liberty. Her recent major publications include When Islam Is Not a Religion (2019); The Politics of Vulnerability (2021); and "Religious Liberty Interest Convergence" in the William & Mary Law Review (2022).

Uddin is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the Catholic University of America. She is also a Fellow with the Aspen Institute's Religion & Society Program in Washington, D.C. Her work on depolarization has been supported by the Fetzer Institute, Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Templeton Religion Trust. Uddin has also served as an expert advisor on religious liberty to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), was a term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations, has held fellowships at Harvard, Georgetown, and UCLA, and currently sits on the Board of Advisors for Notre Dame University's Religious Liberty Initiative.

Uddin’s extensive public writing on religion, politics, and polarization have appeared in The New York TimesWashington PostNewsweekUSA TodayU.S News & World ReportAl Jazeera AmericaFlipboardRefinery29Teen Vogue, and numerous other outlets.  Uddin has also advised media projects on American Muslims, including as Executive Producer for the Emmy and Peabody nominated docu-series, The Secret Life of Muslims.

Festival Years: 2024