Lucian Leustean is 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, Romania, and completed his PhD in Political Science at the London School of Economics. His research has been supported by the Westminster Abbey Institute (Fellow, 2015-16), the Transatlantic Academy of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Washington D.C. (Senior Fellow, 2014-15), the ESRC (Research Grant on ‘The Politics of Religious Lobbies in the European Union’, 2010-11) and the British Academy. He has been awarded the Aston Excellence Award for Outstanding Early-Career Researcher of the Year, the John Charvet Teaching Studentship in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and the Scouloudi Award of the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.
He is the author of The Ecumenical Movement and the Making of the European Community (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Orthodoxy and the Cold War. Religion and Political Power in Romania, 1947-65 (Palgrave, 2008) (Winner of the George Blazyca Prize in East European Studies from the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies). He is the editor of five volumes, including Eastern Christianity and Politics in the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2014) and Orthodox Christianity and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Southeastern Europe (Fordham University Press, 2014) (Awarded a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title). He is the Founding Editor of the Routledge Book Series on Religion, Society and Government in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet States.
He is Principal Investigator of a British Academy Grant on 'Forced Migration, Religious Diplomacy and Human Security in the Eastern Orthodox World' (January-December 2018).
LP3016 Religion and Politics in Contemporary Europe
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; Journal of Church and State; West European Politics.