Karina Piser’s research explores measures to promote French secularism in public high schools in immigrant-heavy areas. Beginning in suburbs of Paris, she is currently interviewing 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.
- As secularism and Charlie Hebdo become sacred, any criticism of the Republic is considered a threat.
- Outlines how the debate around secularism has evolved in the wake of recent terrorism in France.
- A new controversy over the headscarf is distracting the authorities.
- A student union president at the Sorbonne is demonized for her hijab.
- A French manifesto urges excising calls for the murder and punishment of Jews, Christians and nonbelievers.