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Greg Goalwin is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Aurora University. He completed his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara in June, 2017, and served as Lecturer in Sociology at California State University, Channel Islands during the 2017-18 academic year. Trained as a sociologist and historian of global politics, Greg specializes in the study of identity formation in and around borderland regions, places in between and on the boundaries of national communities. His research examines the relationship between religion, culture, ethnicity, and nationalism in the Middle East and Europe. Greg's dissertation takes a comparative-historical approach to trace the development of religious nationalism in two widely different cases: Ireland and the Republic of Turkey. Though they may seem superficially dissimilar, Greg's dissertation uncovers complex processes of ethnic and national boundary-making that rely on religious conceptions of identity to structure nation formation, and proposes a new theory of religious nationalism that draws on borderlands theory to explain the persistence of religious forms of identity in today's supposedly more secular age.  Results from this and other research has been published or is forthcoming in venues such as Social Science History, Patterns of Prejudice, Nationality Papers, and the International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society.