Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou is an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for European Studies (CES) at Harvard University, where she Co-Chairs the Southeastern Europe Study Group. She is a retired senior US diplomat, having served (2004-2012) as Vice-Chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. She is currently a member of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Religion & Foreign Policy Working Group: Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society.
Dr. Prodromou is a recognized expert on issues of religion and security, religion and US foreign policy, democracy, human rights, religious freedom, and religious radicalism in America. She is a regional expert on Southeastern Europe and the Near East. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Harvard International Review, Journal of Democracy, Orbis, Survival, Journal of Faith & International Affairs, European Journal of Political Research, as well as in numerous scholarly volumes.
She has extensive policymaking experience as a consultant to the US diplomacy, defense, and intelligence communities; to international organizations, such as NATO and the UN; and to government ministries and NGOs in EU member-states. She also has a background in international banking, with expertise in political risk assessment and bank debt restructuring packages, and she consults to financial institutions on religious-political risk factors for private investment. A frequent contributor and guest commentator on foreign policy, religion, and security in all the major media news sources, she has appeared as a commentator and analyst on television and radio outlets such as Voice of America (Iran, Greece), National Public Radio, New England Cable News, and numerous regional radio programs.
Dr. Prodromou holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in political science from MIT., an M.A.L.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a B.A. inin international relations and history from Tufts University.