The New Republic: Karina Piser on the ultra-secular French left

It’s no surprise France’s latest headscarf scandal is being fed by leftists, Karina Piser writes in The New Republic. “A certain faction of the left has been among the most vocal in embracing a hard-line Republicanism and restrictive vision of secularism that separates religion from public life,” she says. Karina is a current fellow in France.
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About the Author

Karina Piser’s research explores measures promoting French secularism in public high schools in immigrant-heavy areas. In suburbs of Paris, she interviews 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.