Gabrielle Girgis is a fifth year graduate student in the Department of Politics. Motivated by a general interest in the fields of political theory, moral philosophy, and religion, her dissertation explores the nature and political-philosophical grounds of religious liberty. Specifically, it investigates the proper basis and scope for this principle as a distinct right of legal protection for religion and conscience. Central to her project is an effort to explain the human and public value of religion and conscience, and to draw moral-legal implications from that account for civil liberties in a pluralist liberal democracy. Before pursuing her PhD at Princeton, she earned a BA in the Program of Liberal Studies from the University of Notre Dame.