Effie Fokas is a Senior Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), host institution to the Grassrootsmobilise project. She is also Research Associate of the Hellenic Observatory at the London School of Economics, where 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). Prior to the Grassrootsmobilise project, Effie carried out a Marie Curie Fellowship studying ‘Pluralism and Religious Freedom in Orthodox Countries in Europe’ (PLUREL), also at ELIAMEP. And previous to this she participated in a number of international research consortia, including the Europe, Religion and Multiple Modernities project (EUROMM, based at the Univ. of Gottingen); the Welfare and Values in Europe project (WaVE, based at Uppsala Univ.); and the Welfare and Religion in a European Perspective project (WREP, based at the Centre for Religion and Society, Uppsala).
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; the sociology of religion in a European perspective, with a special focus on Islam and on Christian Orthodoxy; and, more recently, law and religious freedom in national and European institutional contexts.
Her publications include Islam in Europe: Diversity, Identity and Influence, co-edited with Aziz Al-Azmeh (Cambridge Univ Press, 2007), Religious America, Secular Europe? A Theme and Variations, co-authored with Peter Berger and Grace Davie (Ashgate Press, 2008), ‘Religion: towards a post-secular Europe?’, in ed. Chris Rumford Sage Handbook of European Studies (2009); ‘Religion in the Greek Public Sphere: Nuancing the Account’, Journal of Modern Greek Studies (2009); ‘Islam in Europe: the unexceptional case’, Nordic Journal of Religion and Society (2011), ‘Eastern” Orthodoxy and “Western” Secularisation in Contemporary Europe’ Religion, State and Society (2012), ‘Religion in the Greek public sphere: Debating Europe’s Influence’, in eds. George Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou Orthodox Constructions of the West (2013), ‘Immigrant welfare in Greece: portrait of a town’, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies (2013), ‘Religious Nationalism’, in eds. Xiaoshuo Hou et al., The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism (2014), and ‘Greek identity and Europe: Entanglement and tensions’ (with Evangelos Karagiannis), in eds. Wolfgang Knöbl, Matthias Koenig and Willfried Spohn, Religion and Nationhood in an Enlarged Europe (forthcoming).