Mary A. Shiraef is a graduate student in comparative politics and political theory. Her work examines processes of migrant integration and identity politicization, with a focus on how collective memory takes shape in authoritarian regimes. She is completing ongoing fieldwork with migrants from Southeastern Europe and their corresponding diasporas in Chicago.
Mary has a Master’s degree in International Relations (IR) from the University of St Andrews and a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. Following the completion of her B.A. in Political Science from Emory University, she taught History, Economics and Politics to Indian high school students near Bangalore at the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project.
Mary has studied Ancient Greek, and she can converse in Modern Greek, as well as read the katherevousa form of Modern Greek and communicate in Thai. She has published several articles of academic interest, including one explaining the recent rise of the neo-fascist political party in Greece called Golden Dawn (2013).
Most recently, she founded a collective called the COVID Border Accountability Project (COBAP) to document new international borders constructed by COVID-19.
Hoxha’s Border Experiment on Minority Identity Transmission: Completing Data Collection on Communist-Era Identities
Oct 28, 2022
Pandemic Pivot: Shiraef Leads Team of Scholars Studying Whether Border Closures Affected COVID-19’s Spread
May 10, 2022
When the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly halted international travel, Mary Shiraef’s fieldwork plan to investigate the outcomes of communist-era border policies in Albania was postponed indefinitely. So she pivoted.
Shiraef Co-Authors Article in Scientific Data
Oct 11, 2021
Doctoral Student Affiliate Mary Shiraef and two others previously affiliated with the Kellogg Institute are among the co-authors of a new article in the journal Scientific Data that examines the timeline of country-level restrictions on movement across international borders during 2020.