Research

My main areas of research are sociology of religion, political sociology and political theory. The focus of my research lies on politics and religion, on state-religion relations in Russia, norm and anti-gender mobilizations and transnational religious actors.

My most recent publication was co-authored with Dmitry Uzlaner: Moralist International. Russia in the Global Culture Wars. Fordham University Press, 2022. This book is available #openaccess.

From 2016 until 2022, I directed the >> Postsecular Conflicts Research Group, specialized in sociological and interdisciplinary research on religion in contemporary society. The theoretical focus of our work lies on social theories of secularization and post-secularity as well as normative political theories on religion & democracy and religion in the public sphere. Our mostly qualitative empirical research revolves around religious and secular actors in value-conflicts and the polarization of the religious field in liberal and conservative currents. With a strong regional focus on Russia and the former Soviet Union and a special attention to transnational and global religious dynamics, the Postsecular Conflicts Research Group has produced pathbreaking research on transnational moral conservative norm mobilization, the Russian Orthodox Church as a global norm entrepreneur, and religion-state relations in Russia and Europe. 

My research has been supported by: