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Riva Kastoryano

Visiting Professor of Sociology and of Government

Residency Dates: August 1 - December 31, 2018


Riva Kastoryano

Riva Kastoryano is a senior research fellow at the CNRS and teaches at Sciences-Po. She was a Visiting Professor of Sociology and of Government at Harvard for the Fall 2018 semester. 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).

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.

While at Harvard she taught an undergraduate seminar on the Sociology of Religion in our Department and a junior tutorial on the topic of Comparative Politics of Immigration for the Government Department.

(Photo Credit: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies)

This information is accurate for the time period that the affiliate is affiliated with CES.


  • Visiting Professor of Sociology and Government, Harvard University
  • Senior Research Fellow, Centre for International Studies and Research, Sciences Po