Elizabeth Prodromou


Assistant Professor of International Relations, Boston University and Vice Chair, US Commission on International Religious Freedom


Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou is Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations at Boston University, where she is also the coordinator of the M.A. Program in International Relations and Religion and a Research Associate at the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs.  Prodromou holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; she completed her M.A.L.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, as well as a B.A. in International Relations and History from Tufts University.

She has published widely on issues of religion and human rights, democracy, and security in Europe and the United States.  Her publications have appeared in scholarly and policy journals, such as European Journal of Political ResearchSocial CompassJournal of the American Academy of ReligionJournal of Democracy, OrbisSurvivaland Journal of Faith & International Affairs as well as in numerous edited volumes on human rights and religious freedom, as well as on politics and culture in Southeastern Europe.

She has a forthcoming book dealing with religion and politics (a monograph on Church-State Relations in Greece: Pluralism, Democracy and European Integration), and has published the volume (as co-editor and contributor) Thinking through Faith: Perspectives from Orthodox Christian Scholars.

A regional expert on Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, Prodromou has been an invited policy consultant in the United States, with the U.S. National Intelligence Council, Department of State, Defense Intelligence Agency, and Central Intelligence Agency; and in Europe, with NATO and ministries and non-governmental organizations in various EU member-states.

Since her appointment in October 2004 by Speaker of the House and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Prodromou is serving her third term as Commissioner on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and was reappointed by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in 2010; she is currently Vice Chair for 2010-2011, and previously served as Vice Chair for 2009-2010, 2008-2009, and 2006-2007.