Dr Lucian N. Leustean

Reader in Politics and International Relations

Dr Lucian N. Leustean

Lucian Leustean is a Reader in Politics and International Relations at Aston University where he has been teaching since 2007. From 2011 to 2014, he was the Associate Dean for Postgraduate Programmes in the School of Languages and Social Sciences. He studied international relations, law and theology in Bucharest and completed his PhD in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He held research studentships at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and the Charles University in Prague and attended summer schools at Boston University, the College for New Europe, Krakow, and Georgetown University. 

He was a Senior Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, Washington D.C. (2014-15) and the Principal Investigator of an ESRC Research Grant on ‘The Politics of Religious Lobbies in the European Union’ (2010-11). He has been awarded the Aston Excellence Award for Outstanding Early-Career Researcher of the Year; the George Blazyca Prize in East European Studies from the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies; and the Scouloudi Historical Award of the Institute of Historical ResearchUniversity of LondonHe is the Founding Editor of the Routledge Book Series on Religion, Society and Government in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet States.

During the 2015/16 academic year, he is a Fellow of the Westminster Abbey Institute's Parliament Square Programme.

  • PhD (Political Science) London School of Economics and Political Science
  • MA (International Relations and European Integration); BA (Law); BA (Theology) Bucharest

Undergraduate Modules         

  • LP3016 Religion and Politics in Contemporary Europe

  • LP3020 Nationalism and Political Power
  • LP3019 Diplomacy and Soft Power

Postgraduate Modules    

  • LPM015 Religion and Politics
  • LPM006 International Relations Theory


Edited Books

Journal Special Issues

Journal Articles

  • 'Roman Catholicism, Diplomacy and the European Communities, 1958-64', Journal of Cold War Studies, 2013, 15 (1), pp. 53-77 
  • ‘Orthodoxy and Nationalism. The Autocephaly of the Church of “Moldo-Roumania”’, St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly, 2013, 57 (3-4), pp. 247-270

  • 'Representing Religion in the European Union: A Typology of Actors', Politics, Religion and Ideology, 2011, 12 (3), pp. 295-315 
  • 'The Ecumenical Movement and the Schuman Plan, 1950-54', Journal of Church and State, 2011, 53 (3), pp. 442-71 
  • 'The Concept of Symphonia in Contemporary European Orthodoxy', International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church (special issue on Windsor Consultation Papers on Orthodox Ecclesiology), 2011, 11 (2-3), pp. 188-202 
  • 'What is the European Union? Religion between Neofunctionalism and Intergovernmentalism', International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church (special issue on Churches and the Evolution of Europe), 2009, 9 (3), pp. 165-76
  • ‘Orthodoxy and Political Myths in Balkan National Identities’, National Identities, 2008, 10 (4), pp. 421-32
  • ‘Religious Diplomacy and Socialism. The Romanian Orthodox Church and the Church of England, 1956-59’, East European Politics and Societies, 2008, 22 (1), pp. 7-43
  • ‘Between Moscow and London. Romanian Orthodoxy and National Communism, 1960-65’, Slavonic and East European Review, 2007, 85 (3), pp. 491-522
  • ”For the Glory of Romanians”: Orthodoxy and Nationalism in Greater Romania, 1918-45’, Nationalities Papers, 2007, 35 (3), pp. 717-42
  • ‘Constructing Communism in the Romanian People’s Republic. Orthodoxy and State, 1948-49’, Europe-Asia Studies, 2007, 59 (2), pp. 303-29
  • ‘”There is No Longer Spring in Romania, It is All Propaganda”: Orthodoxy and Sovietization, 1950-52’, Religion, State and Society, 2007, 35 (1), pp. 43-68
  • ‘The Political Control of Orthodoxy in the Construction of the Romanian State, 1859-1918’, European History Quarterly, 2007, 37 (1), pp. 60-81
  • ‘Ethno-Symbolic Nationalism, Orthodoxy and the Installation of Communism in Romania: 23 August 1944 to 30 December 1947’, Nationalities Papers, 2005, 33 (4), pp. 439-58
  • ‘Towards an Integrative Theory of Religion and Politics’, Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, 2005, 17 (4), pp. 364-81. Reprinted in Jeffrey Haynes, Religion and Politics. Critical Concepts in Religious Studies, Routledge, 2009
  • ‘Eastern Christianity and Human Security in Postwar Europe’ in James K. Wellman and Clark Lomardi (eds.), Religion and Human Security. A Global Perspective, Oxford University Press, 2012
  • 'Religion, Modernity and Theories of European Integration' in The Politics of Religion in Western Europe. Modernities in Conflict?, François Foret and Xabier Itçaina (eds), Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science, 2012, pp. 61-73
  • ‘The Place of God: Religious Terms in the Debate on the European Constitution’ in La Constitution Europeenne: Elites, Mobilisations, Votes, Antonin Cohen and Antoine Vauchez (eds.), Presses de l’Universite de Bruxelles, 2007, pp. 113-27
  • ‘Symbolic Nationalism in the European Union’ in Nationalisms across the Globe: An Overview of Nationalisms in State-Endowed and Stateless Nations, vol. 1. Europe, Wojciech Burszta, Tomasz Kamusella, Sebastian Wojciechowski (eds.) Poznan School of Humanities and Journalism, 2005, pp. 27-42
  • Religion and Violence: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict from Antiquity to the Present, Jeffrey Ross (ed.), E.M. Sharpe, 2010: ‘Eastern Orthodox Christianity and Violence’
  • Encyclopedia of the Cold War, Ruud van Dijk, Will Gray, Svetlana Savranskaya, Jeremi Suri, Qiang Zhai (eds.), vol. 2, Routlegde, 2008, pp. 752-54: ‘Romania’
  • Encyclopedia of the Cold War: A Political, Social and Military History, Spencer C. Tucker (ed.), ABC-CLIO, 2007, 5 vols: ‘Greece; King Constantine II; Georgios Grivas; Konstantinos Karamanlis; Archbishop Makarios III; Georgios Papadopoulos; Alexander Papagos; Andreas Georgios Papandreou; Georgios Papandreou; Franjo Tudjman; Archbishop Aloysius Stepinac’
  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices, Thomas Riggs (ed.), vol. 3, Thomson Gale, 2006, pp. 249-54: ‘Romania’  

in  Nations and Nationalism; Nationalities Papers; Nationalism and Ethnic Politics; European History Quarterly; Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism; Political Studies Review; Millennium: Journal of International Studies; Journal of Common Market Studies; Journal of Intervention and State Building; St Antony's International Review; Religion, State and Society; Politics and Religion.

Room: NW 808 
Phone: 0121 204 3767
Email: l.leustean@aston.ac.uk 

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