My research agenda spans several decades. While my interests have shifted from time to time, it displays considerable continuity. The basic themes are globalization, glocalization, culture, nations and nationalism, religion, transnationalism and diaspora.
A considerable part of my scholarship has been devoted in an effort to combine the articulation of portable heuristics for social scientists while using the historical record of the Eastern Mediterranean & Southeastern 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. Another long-term objective has been to construct sociological accounts of the historical trajectory of Orthodox Christianity and thus to overturn age-old biases about this important branch of Christianity.
Overall, I consider my work on globalization and glocalization to be that aspect of my scholarship that is most relevant to a broad & diverse international audience.
In the following you may find a presentation of my academic work organized into different clusters. These clusters offer a retrospective presentation of my scholarship.