Effie Fokas is a Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), where she is Principal Investigator of the European Research Council-funded project on ‘Directions in Religious Pluralism in Europe: Examining Grassroots Mobilisations in Europe in the Shadow of European Court of Human Rights Religious Freedoms Jurisprudence’ (GRASSROOTSMOBILISE). Also at ELIAMEP she completed a Marie Curie Fellowship studying ‘Pluralism and Religious Freedom in Orthodox Countries in Europe’ (PLUREL) from 2009 until 2012 (including maternity leave). She was founding Director of the London School of Economics Forum on Religion (2008-2012) and is currently Research Associate of the LSE Hellenic Observatory. 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.
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, (Vol.27, No.2, 2009); ‘Islam in Europe: the unexceptional case’, Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, (Vol.24, No.1, 2011), ‘“Eastern” Orthodoxy and “Western” Secularisation in Contemporary Europe’, Religion, State and Society (Vol.40, No.3/4, 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 (Vol. 13, No.4, 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).