Irina Papkova is a research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. A graduate of Georgetown University's doctoral program in government, she spent five years teaching at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at Central European University, Budapest; she has also taught at George Washington University. She has held research fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars' Kennan Institute and the Vienna Institute for Human Sciences. Papkova's research agenda has been defined by a general interest in the relationship between religion and politics, leading to her currently ongoing work on the situation of Middle Eastern Christians in the context of the Arab Spring. She is the author of The Orthodox Church and Russian Politics (2011), as well as numerous articles.