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Dr Effie Fokas



Dr Effie Fokas
Visiting Fellow
European Institute (LSE)                                        



Dr Effie Fokas is a Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), where she recently completed a Marie Curie Fellowship studying ‘Pluralism and Religious Freedom in Orthodox Countries in Europe’ (PLUREL). Also at ELIAMEP she is Principal Investigator in a European Research Council-funded project related to religious freedoms jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (GRASSROOTSMOBILISE). At the London School of Economics, she was founding Director of the LSE Forum on Religion (2008-2012), A. C. Laskaridis Fellow at the Hellenic Observatory (2007-8), and co-taught on the MSc in Theories of Nationalism in the Government Department (2005-7). Her background is in political science (BA, Furman University, USA; MSc European Politics, LSE) and she holds a PhD in political sociology from the London School of Economics. Her research interests include religion and politics in the European and specifically European Union setting; the relationship between religion, national identity and nationalism; and the sociology of religion in a European perspective, with a special focus on Islam and on Christian Orthodoxy.

Selected Publications

Dr Fokas is co-author (with Peter Berger and Grace Davie) of Religious America, Secular Europe? A Theme and Variations, Ashgate 2008, and co-editor (with Aziz al-Azmeh) of Islam in Europe: Diversity, Identity and Influence, Cambridge Univ. Press 2007. More recent publications include ‘Greek identity and Europe: Entanglement and tensions’ (with E.Karagiannis), in W.Knöbl, M.Koenig and W.Spohn (eds.), Religion and Nationhood in an Enlarged Europe, Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming; ‘“Eastern” Orthodoxy and “western” secularisation in contemporary Europe’, Religion, State and Society, Vol.40, 2012; ‘Islam in Europe: the unexceptional case’, Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, Vol.24, 2011; ‘Religion in the Greek Public Sphere: Nuancing the Account’, Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Vol.27, 2009; and 'Religion: towards a post-secular Europe?' in C.Rumford (ed.) Sage Handbook of European Studies, Sage 2009.