Mary A. Shiraef

Mary A. Shiraef

Fields of Study: Political Theory, Comparative Politics


Areas of Interest: Public Protest, European Union Politics, Syrian Refugee Crisis, Identity-Building, History of Political Thought

Mary A. Shiraef is a graduate student in political theory and comparative politics. Her work examines how political culture impacts migrant integration and how migration shapes collective identities, especially conceptions toward citizenship. She is completing ongoing fieldwork in Southeastern Europe and corresponding diasporas in Chicago.

Mary has a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of St Andrews and a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. Following the completion of her B.A. in Political Science from Emory University, she taught History, Economics and Politics to Indian high school students near Bangalore at the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project, a school designed to lift children born into the Dalits caste out of poverty. Several of her former students were recently featured in the Netflix docu-series, Daughters of Destiny, showcasing their stories and recent college and career achievements.

Mary has studied Ancient Greek, and she can converse in Modern Greek, as well as communicate in Thai. She has published several articles of academic interest, including one explaining the recent rise of the neo-fascist political party in Greece called Golden Dawn (2013).