Peter O'Brien, Ph.D. | Trinity University
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Peter O'Brien, Ph.D.

"There is a very intimate relationship between higher education and empathy, because empathy can foster critical thinking by enabling you to get outside yourself, that is, view the world and yourself through the perspective of others."

- Peter O'Brien, Ph.D.

Selected Publications

  • "Counter-terrorism in Europe: the Elusive Search for Order.” European Security 23/3 (2016): 366–384. link
  • The Muslim Question in Europe: Political Controversies and Public Philosophies. (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2016)
  • "Islamophobia & Europhobia: Subaltern Discourse & Its Limits." Islamophobia Studies (Summer 2016)
  • "Postmodern Politics: Manipulating Images of Islam in Contemporary Europe." In Muhammad in the Digital Age, ed. Ruqayya J. Khan (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2015), pp. 83-107
  • "Islamophobia, Euro-Islam, Islamism and Post-Islamism: Changing Patterns of Secularism in Europe." American Journal of the Islamic Social Sciences 30(3) (June-July 2013)
  • "Clashes within Western Civilization: Debating Citizenship for European Muslims." Migration Studies 1/2(2013): 131-55
  • "Transnationalism and Citizenship: Competing Normative Frames in Europe." In Sandra Kostner (ed.). Migration und Integration: Akzeptanz und Widerstand im transnationalen Nationalstaat. Deutsche und Internationale Perspektiven (Berlin: LIT Verlag, forthcoming)
  • European Perceptions of Islam & America from Saladin to George W. Bush: Europe's Fragile Ego Uncovered. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
  • "Making (Normative) Sense of the Headscarf Debate in Europe"German Politics and Society 27/3 (Autumn 2009): 50-76
  • Beyond the Swastika: The Legacy of the Holocaust and Postwar Immigration Policy in Germany. (London: Routledge, 1996)

Research Areas

My research investigates the way in which Europeans view and interact with non-Europeans both in the past and in the present, including what that reveals about European identity or self-understanding itself.While my predominant focus is on relations with Muslims (e.g., Islamophobia in Europe), I have also published in the area of anti-Americanism in Europe. I have been Social Science Research Council Fellow at the Free University in Berlin and Fulbright Professor at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Community Service & Involvement

  • Baritone in SA Symphony Chorus
  • Volunteer at Battered Women's Shelter
  • Beer Tuesday Social Hour enthusiast
  • Fan of TU's resident SOLI Chamber Ensemble