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Riva Kastoryano is a senior research fellow at the CNRS and teaches at the Institute for Political Sciences (Sciences-Po—Paris). Her current work explores the meaning of community in relation to states, territory, and space. She is particularly interested in how the transnational uses of religion and ethnicity for political purposes in Europe and other democratic societies give rise to a “transnational nationalism,” a new form of nationalism beyond state boundaries as well as a new expression of belonging and political engagement. Her books include Negotiating Identities: States and Immigrants in France and Germany (Princeton University Press, 2002).
At the Radcliffe Institute, Kastoryano will be a member of the immigration cluster. She will compare the evolution of immigrants’ participation in European countries (France, Germany, Great Britain, and the Netherlands) and the European Union with immigrant participation in the United States, focusing on social, cultural, and political exchanges, and the weights and use of home-country politics along with issues related to territory, nationhood, and dual citizenship.
Kastoryano earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in economics at the Sorbonne and her PhD in sociology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociale. She held a lectureship in social studies at Harvard University for three years. After she returned to Paris, she was appointed to the CNRS affiliated with CERI-Sciences.