Christina Verousi

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Christina Verousi

Christina is a full-time PhD candidate at the School of Criminology, University of Leicester, supervised by Dr Chris Allen and  Professor Neil Chakraborti. Prior to embarking on her PhD in September 2017 Christina acquired a BSc in Journalism from the ‘Communication, Media and Culture’ Department at Panteion University of Athens. Her love for Criminology became apparent from a very early stage in her life and that prompted her to come to the UK immediately after she graduated to pursue an MSc in Criminology, which she was awarded by the University of Leicester in 2014. Building on her interdisciplinary background, her dissertation explored how the media addressed an assassination that seriously affected Greece’s history, that of 34-year-old Paulos Fyssas who was murdered in September 2013 by a member of the neo-Nazi political party Golden Dawn. In addition to her academic degrees Christina has worked as a crime reporter and an insurance agent for a number of years and is currently employed as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Centre for Hate Studies.

PhD Research

The idea behind Christina’s doctoral research emerged from her interest in hate studies and an identified gap in the studies of the multi-faceted phenomenon of Islamophobia in her home country. Her study qualitatively investigates the ways in which Islamophobia is manifested in Greece and within different contexts and involves documenting and exploring experiences of everyday problems, exclusion and/or harassment that affect Muslim women’s lives. Data collection was conducted in two geographical areas, Athens and Western Thrace, although the main area of focus was the country’s capital, Athens. Christina’s research is innovative as it makes use of primary, original data, while simultaneously investigating the issues of Islamophobic discourses and ideology. Equally significantly, her study aims to allow for an outlet to be created for Muslims in Greece to share their experiences with the public for the first time.

Research Interests

  • Islamophobia
  • Anti-Muslim hate
  • Hate crime
  • Muslims in Greece
  • Mosque attacks
  • Gendered Islamophobia
  • Far-right


Verousi, C.; Allen, C. Problematising the Official Athens Mosque: Between Mere Place of Worship and 21st Century ‘Trojan Horse’. Religions 2021, 12, 485.

Verousi, C.; Allen, C. 2021, 'From Obscurity to National Limelight: The Dramatic Rise, Fall and Future Legacy of Golden Dawn', Political Insight, SAGE, Volume 12 Issue 1, pp. 22-25

Verousi, C. (2020), "Problematising the official Athens Mosque: between mere place of worship and 21st century ‘Trojan Horse’",

Asynchronous paper, presented at INHS' Biennial Conference.

Verousi, C., "Why the fall of the golden dawn won't signal the end to islamophobia in Greece", International Network for Hate Studies (2020).

Guest Editor of the For(e)Dialogue's special issue: 'Media and the Far-Right' / University of Leicester

Guest Editor of the Special Issue of Religions: 'Critical Perspectives on Islamophobia: From Local to Global, From Individual to Institutional'

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