Luke M. Perez is an assistant professor in the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University. His research focuses on religion, ethics, and US foreign policy. He is currently working on a book manuscript examining the rise of religious freedom as a core component to American grand strategy. Prior to ASU, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Kinder Institute at the University of Missouri, and he completed his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin. A native of California, Luke earned his BA in Greek and Latin at The Ohio State University and his MA in political philosophy at Villanova University. He is also a 12-year veteran with the California Air National Guard.