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Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute

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Elizabeth H.

Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou

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Elizabeth H. Prodromou

Curriculum Specialist, Religious Freedom Center

Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou is an internationally recognized leader on issues of religion and human rights, democracy, and security in Europe and the United States. She is serving as a curriculum specialist to the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute by designing the foundational course, “The Human Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief.”

Dr. Prodromou is currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution at The Fletcher School for Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she teaches in the Program in International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.

Dr. Prodromou is also Co-Chair of the Eastern Mediterranean and Europe Study Group at Harvard University’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.

Before coming to Fletcher, Dr. Prodromou served a diplomatic appointment as Vice Chair and Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (2004-2012); and since 2011, is a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Religion & Foreign Policy Working Group, serving on the Subgroup on Religious Freedom, Democracy, and Security in the Middle East and North Africa.

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.

Her research deals with issues of religious freedom, democratization, and security threats, with particular focus on comparative religion-political regimes in the Near East and on Transatlantic responses to religious radicalism. Her current research focuses on rights of religious minorities under secularist and non-secularist regimes, as well as on strategies of religious institutions to state repression and persecution.

Prodromou received her Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees in political science from MIT and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree from The Fletcher School for Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. She was awarded a Distinguished Service Award by the Tufts University Alumni Association in 2008.