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Luce Project on Migration, Participation, and Democratic Governance in the U.S., Europe, and the Muslim World

About the Project


In the spring of 2009, PIIRS and the Woodrow Wilson School for International and Public Affairs, with funding from the Henry Luce Foundation, launched the first phase of a three-year research cluster, the Henry Luce Foundation Project on Migration, Participation, and Democratic Governance in the U.S., Europe, and the Muslim World. Principal investigators and coordinators of the research cluster are Rafaela Dancygier, assistant professor of politics and public and international affairs, Amaney Jamal, associate professor of politics, and Mirjam KŁnkler, assistant professor of Near Eastern studies.

The project introduces key questions, new analytical insights, and novel hypotheses on four topics central to the debate:

  • International and domestic dimensions of Muslim incorporation in Europe (Rafaela Dancygier)
  • Religion and state relations in five democratizing countries of the Muslim world (Mirjam KŁnkler)
  • War, religion, and democracy and the immediate ways in which intra- and interstate religious conflicts have structured democratization and development trajectories (Amaney Jamal)
  • Islamophobia and Muslim-American integration (Amaney Jamal)

Scholars will convene at PIIRS, Columbia University, and the European University Institute in Fiesole, Italy, for workshops that explore the impact of locally rooted social movements on world politics and of†transnational relations on social movements.

For more information contact Kathleen Allen, interim†program manager.



Rafaela Dancygier is an assistant professor of politics and public and international affairs at Princeton. Her research interests are in comparative politics and comparative political economy with a special focus on the domestic consequences of international immigration, the political incorporation of immigrants, the relationship between ethnic diversity and redistribution, and the determinants of ethnic conflict. She is currently working on a book that explores how immigration regimes and welfare states affect interethnic conflict and immigrant integration in Western Europe. -- Ph.D. Yale University.

Amaney Jamal

Amaney Jamalis an associate professor of politics at Princeton. Her interests include the study of Muslim and Arab Americans and the pathways that structure their patterns of civic engagement in the United States. The focus of her current research is democratization and the politics of civic engagement in the Arab world. Jamal's books include†Barriers to Democracy, which explores the role of civic associations in promoting democratic effects in the Arab world (winner 2008 APSA Best Book Award in comparative democratization); and, as coauthor,Race and Arab Americans Before and After 9/11: From Invisible Citizens to Visible Subjects(2007) andCitizenship and Crisis: Arab Detroit after 9/11(2009). Her current book project isOf Empires and Citizens (under contract at Princeton University Press).In addition to her role as director of Princeton's Workshop on Arab Political Development, Jamal is a codirector of Princeton's Luce Project on Migration, Participation, and Democratic Governance in the U.S., Europe, and the Muslim World; principal investigator of the Arab Barometer Project, winner of the Best Dataset in the Field of Comparative Politics( Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Dataset Award 2010); co-principal investigator of the Detroit Arab American Study, a sister survey to the Detroit Area Study; and senior adviser on the Pew Research Center projects focusing on Islam in America (2006) and Global Islam (2010). -- Ph.D. University of Michigan.


Mirjam KŁnkler is an assistant professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton. Her research interests are in comparative politics and political theory and focus on comparative relations between religion and state in the Muslim world. She is currently working on a book that analyzes processes of regime transformation in Iran (1989-2005) and Indonesia (1974-1998), particularly with regard to how social movements and religion-state relations bore on the erosion or stabilization of political rule. KŁnkler is co-principal investigator of the project "Religious Parties in the Muslim World" funded by the United States Institute for Peace, and co-principal investigator of the "Iran Social Science Data Project" funded by the Social Science Research Council. -- Ph.D. Columbia University.

Marc Helbling (Visiting Research Scholar, January 2012≠ –June 2012). Helbling is head of the Immigration Policies in Comparison (IMPIC) research group at Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fŁr Sozialforschung (WZB). IMPIC focuses on the origins, consequences, and implementation of immigration policies across all Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development countries. Helbling’s research interests include immigration and citizenship policies, nationalism, xenophobia/islamophobia, the accommodation of Islam, right-wing populism, and public policy analysis. He is the author or coauthor of many publications, including Restructuring Political Conflict in Western Europe (forthcoming) and editor of Islamophobia in Western Europe and North America (forthcoming). At Princeton he will teach a seminar on issues related to religion, migration, and international affairs; participate in Luce project speaker series, workshops, and conferences; and continue his own research. Ph.D. University of Zurich.†

Christophe Jafferlot

Christophe Jaffrelot (Visiting Research Scholar, September 2011–January 2012). Jaffrelot is a senior researcher at the Centre d’etudes et de recherches internationales (CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS) in Paris, where he also served as director from 2000–2008. He is a leading specialist on South Asian politics and religion. †As a visiting research scholar with the Luce project, Jaffrelot†will teach†a course with Luce codirector Mirjam KŁnkler on Muslim politics in Asia, and will participate in the project’s speaker series, workshops, and conferences. Ph.D. Sciences Po, Paris.

YŁksel Sezgin (Visiting Research Scholar,†January 2012–June 2012). Sezgin, an assistant professor at City University of New York, is a specialist in human rights law and legal pluralism in countries where religious law (i.e., Islamic, Jewish, and Hindu) is integrated into the national legal system.†An award-winning scholar, his current book project focuses on human rights under religious law in Israel, Egypt, and India. †At Princeton Sezgin will participate in Luce project speaker series, workshops, and conferences, and continue his research and.†Ph.D. University of Washington.