Jacob Barrett is a Master’s student in the Religion in Culture program at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL, USA. He is interested in pursuing questions about religion and governance, law, and the state through contemporary examples from American politics. His current work examines how notions about religious freedom and sincerely held belief function as governing mechanisms that allow the state to manage dissent.
Kicking off our first episode of Discourse!, RSP co-founder David Robertson, Ting Guo, and Jacob Barrett discuss the effects of classification in vaccination resistance, the Texas abortion ban, and the equation of the hijab with oppression. It's an exciting episode—be sure to tune in!