Vicky Fouka

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Date & Time
February 15, 2018 -
11:45am to 1:00pm
Clayman Institute
589 Capistrano Way Serra House
94305 Stanford , CA
California US

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Faculty Research Fellows Lunch with Vicky Fouka


Vicky Fouka: "Political Secularism and Muslim Integration in the West: Evidence from the French Headscarf Ban" 

In recent years, and motivated by rising immigration flows and the fear of terrorism, a number of Western countries have enacted policies to regulate religious expression and emphasize secularism and western values. Restrictions on veiling in public spaces have been a prominent such policy, that disproportionately targets Muslim women. Despite intense public debate around the normative aspect of veiling bans, there is little systematic evidence on how they influence the behavior and choices of the women affected by them. In this project, we use a variety of data sources and techniques for causal inference to assess the impact of these laws on female school enrollment, educational attainment, labor force participation and political and social attitudes.  Research was in conjunction with Aala Abdelgadir, PhD candidate in Political Science.

Vicky Fouka is Assistant Professor of Political Science.


  • Vasiliki Fouka
    • Assistant Professor, Political Science
    • Faculty Research Fellow, 2017-18
      Vicky Fouka is an assistant professor of Political Science at Stanford University. Her research examines how identity and attitudes are shaped by state policies and history and how they themselves affect economic and political outcomes. She is particularly interested in the dynamics of assimilation, with a focus on immigrant groups’ responses to assimilationist policies and to patterns of native discrimination. Her...