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Professor Valérie Amiraux (valerie.amiraux@umontreal.ca) is a Professor in Sociology at Université de Montréal. Valérie was a Visiting Research Fellow with RAPT between September and December 2013 and a participant in the RAPT workshop. Her main research interests are religious pluralism, Muslim minorities, and discrimination. For more information see Valérie Amiraux's personal website.

Carlo Argenton (c.argenton@lse.ac.uk) is a PhD candidate in Political Theory at the London School of Economics. In his doctoral thesis he draws on a critique of public reason liberalism and a reinterpretation of David Hume's moral and political thought to defend what he calls "a liberalism without liberals". His main research interests lie in normative political theory (especially theories of toleration, applied to the fact of religious diversity) and the history of political thought (especially the Scottish Enlightenment and theorists of the social contract). A paper in which he critiques Amartya Sen's theory of freedom was recently published in the Journal of Social Philosophy

Cristobal Bellolio  (cristobal.bellolio.13@ucl.ac.uk) is Lecturer in Political Thought at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez School of Government in Chile. He holds an MA in Legal and Political Theory (UCL) as well as Law and Political Science undergraduate degrees. He is currently doing his PhD in Religion and Political Theory at UCL. His research interests include freedom from religion, atheism, secularism, science and faith, and liberalism. Cristobal Bellolio's webpage contains his articles published in the Chilean media where he is an active commentator.

Dr François Boucher (f.boucher@ucl.ac.uk) is a postdoctoral fellow for the FQRSC (Fonds Québécois de Recherche pour la Société et la Culture). He conducted research on secularism and freedom of conscience at UCL's School of Public Policy and was a participant at the RAPT workshop from January 2013 to December 2013. His participation at the workshop resulted in the following forthcoming publication:  "Freedom of religion and freedom of conscience in postsecular societies", Philosophy and Public Issues

Jenny Brown (jennifer.brown.14@ucl.ac.uk) is a PhD candidate at the UCL School of Public Policy. She completed her Masters at the LSE and her undergraduate degree at the University of Sheffield. Her thesis will examine the role of religious arguments in the public sphere by applying Habermas's idea of translation to the gay marriage debate. Her main academic interests lie in critical theory; the politics of multiculturalism, nationalism, cosmopolitanism and identity; arguments surrounding liberalism and civic republicanism; theories of political community and notions of citizenship.

Marthe Kerkwijk (m.kerkwijk@heythrop.ac.uk) is a PhD candidate at Heythrop College, University of London. Her thesis engages with Jürgen Habermas's work on the question: can religious reasons justify laws? Whilst she endorses Habermas's pragmatism, she rejects his 'translation proviso' as ultimately unsuccessful. She is a participant in the RAPT Workshop since 2015 and recently co-edited a collection of essays: Towards a Kenotic Vision of Authority in the Catholic Church, published by The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (2015).

Dr Nick Martin (Nick.Martin@ed.ac.uk) is a Chrystal Macmillan Fellow at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. Nick was a PhD student in Political Theory at UCL and has been a participant in the RAPT workshop since January 2013. His doctoral work looked at the relationship between liberal neutrality and charity law. His current research concerns secularism, religious exemptions and public justification. For more information see Nick Martin's webpage

Dr Ronan McCrea (ronan.mccrea@ucl.ac.uk) is a Senior Lecturer in Laws at UCL and has been a RAPT workshop participant since January 2013. Ronan’s research focuses on comparative constitutional law, European Union law and public law with a particular emphasis on fundamental rights, secularism and the relationship between law and religion in liberal democracies. For more information see Ronan McCrea's UCL webpage

Dr Dara Salam (dara986@hotmail.com) received his PhD in Political Theory from the Centre for Ethics and Global Politics at LUISS University, Rome. He was a visiting researcher at King’s College London. He completed his MA and MPhil in Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London.  He is a fellow member of the International Research Network on Religion and Democracy. He has published in Political Studies Review and Public Reason

Dr Ilias Trispiotis (i.trispiotis@ucl.ac.uk) is a PhD candidate at the UCL Faculty of Laws. His research interests lie in the fields of equality law, legal theory, and law and religion. He has previously been a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School. Ilias's research focuses on religious discrimination in Europe and he has been a participant in the RAPT workshop since April 2013. His work has appeared in academic journals including the European Human Rights Law Review and the Columbia Journal of European Law. He holds an LLM in Public Law and Human Rights from UCL and an LLB from the University of Athens. For more information see Ilias Trispiotis' webpage