Elizabeth Prodromou

Elizabeth H. Prodromou

160 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA 02155
Research/Areas of Interest:

Religion, Democracy, Security; Transatlantic policy responses to global religious radicalism and violent extremism; Causal interactions between Identity discourses and geopolitical interests; Eastern Mediterranean, Near East, Europe; Orthodox Christianity and Islam; Balkan States; The Middle East; Greece; Turkey; Cyprus; Egypt; Religion and Politics; Security-International; Terrorism


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • S.M., Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MALD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • B.A., Tufts University


Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou is a faculty member at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, where directs the Initiative on Religion, Law, and Diplomacy. She is non-resident Senior Fellow and Co-Chair of the Working Group on Christians and Religious Pluralism in the Middle East, at the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute, and was non-resident Senior Fellow in National Security and the Middle East, at the Center for American Progress. She is a Co-President of Religions for Peace. Prodromou served as Vice Chair and Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (2004-2012) and was a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Religion & Foreign Policy Working Group (2011-2015). 

Her research interests focus on geopolitics and religion, with particular focus on the Middle East, the Eastern Mediterranean, and Southeastern Europe. Her current research projects concentrate on cultural heritage and institutional religious freedom in Turkey and comparative context, as well as Eastern Orthodox Christianity and global public engagement. She is the faculty director for Fletcher’s executive education program for faith-based leadership. The author of multiple edited volumes and many publications in scholarly and policy journals, Prodromou is a frequent commentator and contributor in US and international media. 

She holds a Ph.D. and an S.M. in political science from MIT, an M.A.L.D. in international relations from Fletcher, and a B.A. in history and international relations from Tufts University. 

Areas of expertise

Human Rights
International Politics
International Security
Negotiations & Conflict Resolution
Regional Studies

Professional Activities

  • Co-President and World Council Member, Religions for Peace (2019-present)
  • US Secretary of State’s Working Group on Religion and Foreign Policy: Subgroups on Religious Freedom, Democracy, and Security in the Middle East and North Africa, and on Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society (2011-2015)
  • Commissioner and Vice Chair, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (2004-2012)
  • Co-Chair, Eastern Mediterranean and Europe Study Group. Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Co-Chair, Muslims and Democratic Politics Study Group. Center for European Studies, Harvard University (1/13-5/14)
  • Co-Chair, Southeastern Europe Study Group. Center for European Studies, Harvard University (9/06-4/14)

Other Affiliations

  • Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Hudson Institute, Center for Religious Freedom
  • Center for American Progress

Courses taught

Selected Publications and Presentations

Historical Method and Competing Logics: A Response to Archimandrite Elpidophoros Lambriniadis, in Ionut-Alexandru Tudoric, ed., The Time Has Come: Debates Over the OCA Autocephaly Reflected in St. Vladimir’s Quarterly.  (St. Vladimir’s Quarterly Press, 2020.)

Afterword. Orthodox Christian Women and God-Talk: Reflecting on the Before, During, and After of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, in Carrie Frederick Frost, ed.  The Reception of the Holy and Great Council.  Faith Matter Series.  No. 4.  (NY: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Office of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Relations, 2018).

Approaching Religious Literacy in International Affairs: A Conference Report (with Clare Gooding and Sasha Lipton Galbraith). Review of Faith & International Affairs, Vol. 16, No. 1 (Spring 2018).

Debates on Just War, Holy War, and Peace: Orthodox Christian Thought and Byzantine Imperial Attitudestowards War, with Alexandros K. Kyrou, in Perry Hamalis and Valerie Karras, eds., Orthodox ChristianPerspectives on War (University of Notre Dame Press, 2017).

Orthodox Christian Contributions to Freedom: Historical Foundations, Contemporary Problematics, in Allen Hertzke and Timothy Samuel Shah, eds. Christianity and Freedom: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives(Oxford University Press, 2017).

Reflections on Political Science and the Study of Orthodox Christianity in the American Academy: Notes on Margins and Mainstream, in Anne Bezzerides, Elizabeth Prodromou, and Vera Shevzov, eds.,Eastern Orthodox Christianity and American Higher Education: Theological, Historical, and ContemporaryReflections (University of Notre Dame Press, 2016).

Shaking the Comfortable Conceits of 'Otherness': Preliminary Answers from Political Science on How to Study Orthodox Constructions of the West, in George Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou, eds.,Orthodox Constructions of the West (Fordham University Press, 2013).

(Yet Another) Crisis in Sudan: Khartoum’s Religious Freedom and Human Rights Abuses. (co-author, Leonard A. Leo). The Fletcher Forum, Vol. 36, No. 2 (Spring 2012).

Protecting Religious Freedom Abroad: The Problem of Impunity. (co-author, Leonard A. Leo). Harvard International Review Online (Spring/Summer 2011).

U.S. Foreign Policy and Global Religious Pluralism, in Thomas Banchoff, ed., The New Religious Pluralism inWorld Politics (Oxford University Press, 2008).

Beyond the Dickensian Paradoxes of Human Rights: Reconceptualizing Proselytism, RediscoveringEvangelism, in Emmanuel Clapsis, ed., Violence and Christian Spirituality: An Ecumenical Conversation (World Council of Churches Press and Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2007).

Christianity and Democracy: The Ambivalent Orthodox, in Larry Diamond, Mark F. Plattner, and Philip J.Costopoulos, eds. World Religions and Democracy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005).


"Eastern Orthodox Christianity and American Higher Education," University of Notre Dame Press, 2017.

"Thinking Through Faith: New Perspectives from Orthodox Christian Scholars," St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2008.