Dr. Piro Rexhepi

Dr. Piro Rexhepi

Political Science

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Piro Rexhepi holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Strathclyde and has held research fellowships at the Centre for Southeast European Studies at University of Graz, the Center for Advanced Studies of Southeastern Europe at the University of Rijeka, and teaching positions at the State University of New York, City University of New York and New York University. His research focuses on the politics of religion, sexuality and coloniality in international relations, with a particular focus on the relationship between the Balkans and the Middle East. Previously, his work has examined the intersection of EU enlargement politics with sexual rights, exploring the production of Islamophobia in Muslim-majority countries in the Balkans. His current research interrogates the ways in which the politics of preservation in Sarajevo and Salonika fuel urban renewal, gentrification, and Europeanization, having drastic effects on the lives of migrant and marginalized urban communities.


[2018] Arab others at European borders: racializing religion and refugees along the Balkan Route. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 1-20.

[2017] Unmapping Islam in Eastern Europe periodization and Muslim subjectivities in the Balkans. In I. Kacandes, & Y. Komska (Eds.), Eastern Europe Unmapped: Beyond Borders and Peripheries. New York City: Berghahn Books.

[2017] The politics of (post) socialist sexuality: American foreign policy in Bosnia and Kosovo. In D. Jelaca, M. Kolanovic, & D. Lugaric (Eds.), The Cultural Life of Capitalism in Yugoslavia. (Post)Socialism and Its Other (pp. 243–261). Heidelberg: Springer.

[2017] Borders. Critical Muslim, 21.

[2017] Macedonia. In O. Scharbrodt, S. Akgönül, A. Alibašić, J. S. Nielsen, & E. Račius (Eds.), Yearbook of Muslims in Europe, Volume 8.

[2016] EUrientation anxieties: Islamic sexualities and the construction of Europeanness. In EU, Europe Unfinished: Mediating Europe and the Balkans in a time of crisis. Rowman & Littlefield International.

[2016] From Orientalism to Homonationalism: Queer Politics, Islamophobia and Europeanization in Kosovo. Southeastern Europe 40(1): 32-53.

[2016] Liberal luxury: Decentering Snowden, surveillance and privilege. Big Data & Society, 3(2). doi:10.1177/2053951716679676.

[2015] Mainstreaming Islamophobia: The Politics of European Enlargement and the Balkan Crime-Terror Nexus. East European Quarterly 43(2-3): 189-214.