Dr. Elmira Muratova is a post-doctoral researcher working on the DFG-funded project "Sparking Events, Emotional Climates, and Cultural Identity Conflict Cascades." She obtained her Ph.D. in Political Science from Taurida National University (Ukraine) in 2005, where she conducted research on Islamic revival in post-Soviet Crimea. She held the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Taurida National University and was a research fellow at various institutions, including Aarhus University (Denmark), the University of Kansas (USA), University College London (UK), Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany), and Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic). She also provided policy analysis and consultations to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.
Her research interests focus on the identity and religion of Crimean Tatars, as well as ethnic and religious developments in Crimea. She is the author and editor of several books, including "Muslims of Central Eurasia since the 19th Century: Daily Life, Identity, Intellectual Thought, and Education" (Idrak 2023), "Memory and Religion from a Postsecular Perspective" (Routledge 2022), and "Crimean Tatars under the Changes in the Political Arena" (Arial 2020). Her latest co-edited work is centered on "Ukraine's Minorities at War: Cultural Identity and Resilience" (Routledge 2024).