My research agenda spans more than two decades. While my interests have shifted over time, this agenda displays considerable continuity as my principle research interests remain unchanged. These include globalization, glocalization, culture, nations and nationalism, religion, transnationalism and diaspora. My work has sought to combine the articulation of portable heuristics for social scientists while using the historical record of the Eastern Mediterranean/Eastern Europe to flesh out new interpretations and theoretical perspectives both for sociology as well as for the social sciences and the humanities at large. This orientation is a reflection of my long-standing belief that the social sciences have been shaped by a "Western bias" that can only be rectified through the inclusion of the historical experience of the non-Western parts of the globe.