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 current ​work examines how group identities are constructed and how the content of collective memories shape groups’ participation in politics. She is completing ongoing field research in Greece, and currently designing a nation-wide survey on civic participation, public protest and identity-building.

Mary has a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of St Andrews where she focused on International Political Theory and studied under Nicholas Rengger. 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 non-peer review articles of academic interest, including one explaining the recent rise of the neo-fascist political party in Greece called Golden Dawn (2013).