Karina Piser speaks at Anglophone library in Angers

Fellow Karina Piser presented her research on French secularism at the Anglophone Library in Angers, France, on May 18 as part of the library’s speaker series, funded by the US Embassy in France. She shared testimony from students and teachers she has interviewed since September as part of her ICWA fellowship, and offered analysis of how the debate around secularism has evolved in the wake of recent terrorism in France.

About the Author

Karina Piser’s research will explore measures to promote French secularism in public high schools in immigrant-heavy areas. Beginning in suburbs of Paris, she will interview students, teachers, administrators, and education-policy practitioners to better understand how the government is targeting schools to improve social cohesion in the aftermath of the 2015 and 2016 terrorist attacks. Prior to receiving the ICWA fellowship, Karina was an editor at World Politics Review, and has previously held positions at the Council on Foreign Relations, the European Council on Foreign Relations, and the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights in Tunis, Tunisia. She holds a master’s degree from Sciences Po Paris, and has written for Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, and World Politics Review, among other publications.