Department of Political Science
2115 G St. NW, Monroe Hall 440
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-6290
Fax: (202) 994-1974

Diogo Lemos

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Major — Comparative Politics

Minor — Political Theory

Current Research

Identity politics, religion, ethnicity, communal conflict in South Asia


B.A. Queen Mary, University of London

MSc London School of Economics and Political Science


I am primarily interested in the process of identity selection and formation within the context of the modern nation-state. Since joining the department in 2010, I have been mainly focused on the relationship between “established religions” and nationalism and ethnicity as forms of civil religion. My regional area of interest is South Asia, with a side interest in the Middle East. I received my MSc in Comparative Politics (Nationalism and Ethnicity stream) from the London School of Economics, where I wrote my thesis on the process of formation of an Indian-Muslim identity. In 2008, I spent four months in Yemen conducting a research on inter-tribal conflict among Somalis on behalf of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); in 2009, I became an assistant to the Vice-President of the European Parliament, Rodi Kratsa. I speak Portuguese, English, and Spanish fluently, intermediate French, basic Arabic and I am currently learning Hindi.