Greg Goalwin is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he specializes in the Sociology of Religion, Nationalism, Culture, Social Movements, and Comparative and Historical Sociology. He holds master’s degrees in both History and Sociology from UCSB, and his research examines the role of religion and culture in shaping and reinforcing national identity and ethnic conflicts across a variety of historical contexts. His dissertation focuses on Turkey, examining the ways that religion influenced the development of the Turkish nationalist movement and continues to play a powerful role in Turkish society today. Previous research projects have analyzed the role of ideological imagery in the Northern Irish Troubles, as well as the strategic logic of Late Antique religious violence.
Interests: religion, nationalism, culture, Middle East, comparative and historical sociology