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Jonathan Laurence

department of political science

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Ph.D., Harvard University

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Office: McGuinn 520
Phone: 617-552-8991


Jonathan Laurence received a B.A from Cornell University, a C.E.P. at Sciences Po, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University. His principal areas of teaching and research are comparative politics and religion and politics in Western Europe, Turkey and North Africa. Prof. Laurence's latest book, The Emancipation of Europe's Muslims, was published by Princeton University Press in 2012, and received awards for Best Book in religion and politics and migration and citizenship from the American Political Science Association. His next book, Coping with Defeat: Sunni Islam, Roman Catholicism and the Modern State, is due out in 2017.

Professor Laurence is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and an Affiliate of the Center for European Studies at Harvard. His Ph.D. thesis in political science (Harvard, 2006) was awarded the American Political Science Association's Harold D. Lasswell Prize in 2006, as the best dissertation in public policy completed in 2004 or 2005. He is a former fellow of the American Academy in Berlin, Wissenchaftszentrum Berlin, Transatlantic Academy, LUISS University-Rome and Sciences Po-Paris. 

Recent publications

“Wie der Salafismus in unsere Welt kam,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, July 2016

Laïcité without Égalité?,”  Foreign Affairs, November 2015

Background Q&A / FAQ on Terror in ParisReligion & Politics, November 2015

“Will French Attack Fuel Tensions?, June 2015

“Tunisia, The Courage of Compromise,” Reset Dialogue of Civilizations, February 2015

“The Algerian Legacy, How France Confronts its Past,” Foreign Affairs, January 2015

“The 21st Century Impact of European Muslim Minorities on ‘Official Islam’ in the Muslim-Majority World,” Philosophy and Social Criticism,  Summer 2014

“Ennahda’s Historic Compromise: What Rome can teach Carthage,” Brookings, November 2014

“The National Identity Debate in France,” with Gabriel Goodliffe, The International Spectator, Spring 2013

“’Midwife’ or ‘Spectator’? U.S. Policies towards North Africa in the 21st Century,” in Cesare Merlini and Olivier Roy, eds., Arab Society in Revolt: The West’s Mediterranean Challenge, Washington, DC: Brookings Press, 2012

“The European Left in Crisis: Muslims and Social Democrats,” Dissent, Fall 2013

The Emancipation of Europe’s Muslims: The State's Role in Minority Integration, Princeton 2012


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