My research focuses on the tensions of secularism and religion in immigration processes. Since coming to the Humboldt University Berlin in 2009, I have developed a research program that focuses on immigrant integration in the European and North American context. In this research program, together with my co-investigator Anna Korteweg at the University Toronto, we have been analyzing policy and media debates about immigrant integration in Germany, Britain, the Netherlands, Canada, and Turkey.
Using ethnography, in-depth interviewing, and textual analysis, I focus on (a) the connection between local and national levels, and (b) specific issues commonly associated with immigrants including honour-related violence, forced marriage, and the headscarf that allow me to analyze how intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, and religion influence the meanings of membership and belonging. This research builds on and extends my dissertation research on the citizenship and political representation of Turkish immigrant associations in Germany.
In my current research, I investigate the tensions between secularism and religion in three monotheistic countries, Israel, Turkey and Germany. Drawing on my previous research agenda on immigration processes, I look at how members of minority religions, such as Muslims and Jews, negotiate their religious practices within the German polity.
Together with my co-investigator Shai Lavi from Tel Aviv Law School, we aim to investigate law in the books and law in action: How religious leaders, medical staff, legal scholars negotiate secular and religious tensions in three monotheistic countries. This research can be broadly defined in the area of sociology of law.