Efstathios Kessareas is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Religious Studies – Chair of Orthodox Christianity of the University of Erfurt. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Crete and a MA in Religious and Development Studies from the University of Leeds. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the Panteion University in Athens and another one in Greek Philology at the University of Crete. In the past he conducted postdoctoral research at the Center for Social Theory of Ghent University. He has published on sociology of religion, Orthodox Christianity, and Modern Greek ideology.