Juliette Galonnier

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Juliette Galonnier is Assistant Professor at CERI, Sciences Po. She teaches Qualitative Methods and Introduction to Islam in Europe on the Menton and Paris campuses.

Her research investigates the social construction of racial and religious categories, and how they frequently intersect. Empirically, her work has been mostly focusing on Muslim minorities across various national contexts (India, France, the United States).

She received in 2017 a joint PhD degree in Sociology from Sciences Po and Northwestern University. Entitled Choosing Faith and Facing Race: Converting to Islam in France and the United States, her dissertation was awarded the Best Dissertation Award of the American Sociological Association (ASA) in 2018. Building on 82 in-depth interviews and ethnographic observations in mosques and convert associations, this research provides a comparative analysis of the experiences of Muslim converts on the two sides of the Atlantic.

She has published several chapters in edited volumes and articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Sociology of Religion, Social Compass, Archives de sciences sociales des religions, Critique internationale and Tracés.

From 2017 to 2019, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher within the “Global Race” ANR project. In 2018, she coordinated with Pr. Mahamet Timéra a research project on Muslims of Sub-Saharan and Comorian descent in France.

She is also a fellow at IC Migrations, a member of Tracés’ editorial board, a member of the advisory committee of La Vie des Idées, a coordinator of the group “Inequalities and Discriminations” at the French Political Science Association (AFSP) with Daniel Sabbagh and Laure Bereni, a member of the program “Agenda for a critical sociology of religion” and a member of the research networks “Islams et chercheurs dans la cite”, “Race, religion, secularism” and “Beyond Radicalization”."
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THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS CATEGORIES Within the “Global Race” ANR research project, I investigate the evolution of the “race” concept in the French social sciences from 1945 onwards; the contrasted and controversial use of racial and religious categories in national censuses; and the role of international organizations such as the CERD (Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination) in disseminating norms and standards to fight against racial and religious discriminations. THE RACIALIZATION OF RELIGION (ISLAM) I examine the stigmatization experienced by Muslims or people presumed to be Muslim in Europe and North America. Such experiences allow for a comparative analysis of the intersection of race and religion in the construction of Islamophobia. I explore the various strategies and repertoires they develop in response to Islamophobia. I also investigate the discourses of Muslim religious actors on racism and anti-racism and maps out the various fault lines that crisscross Muslim minorities in Europe and North America, including the conflicts over religious authority they can foster and the alliances they can generate. RELIGION I analyze the contrasted ways through which people "talk about religion" in France and the United States, by relying on biographical interviews with converts to Islam in these two countries. I also reflect theoretically on the very category of "religion" and "Islam" in particular (as both a category of analysis and a category of practice).

Research Interests

Racialization, Religion, Islam, Conversion, Qualitative Methods, International Comparison

  • Languages

    English, Hindi, Arabic
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