Dr. Amy Gais is a political theorist specializing in the history of political thought and religion and politics with a thematic focus on political freedom and religious toleration.
Dr. Gais is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a former Visiting Research Fellow at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at WUSTL. Previously, Dr. Gais was a Modeling Interdisciplinary Inquiry Postdoctoral Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities at WUSTL. Dr. Gais received her Ph.D. in Political Science with Distinction from Yale University, where she was the recipient of the Robert C. Wood Prize. She is currently finishing a book manuscript, Bound by Belief: Rethinking Liberty of Conscience in Early Modern Political Thought, on liberty of conscience and early modern toleration. Her work has been published by Political Theory and Review of Politics, and funded by the Andrew J. Mellon Foundation and the Beinecke Rare Books & Manuscripts Library.