Vaia Touna earned her BA and MA at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in the study of Hellenistic religions, and ancient Greek literature, and her PhD at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. She is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama. Her scholarly interests range widely, from looking at specific concepts of religion in the Classical and Hellenistic eras to methodological issues concerning the study of religion in general. Her research focuses on the sociology of identity formation with examples drawn from ancient, to modern Greece. Her books include Fabrications of the Greek Past: Religion, Tradition, and Modern Identities (forthcoming with Brill of the Netherlands), and she is the editor for The Problem of Nostalgia in the Study of Identification in the Culture on the Edge Book Series. Vaia also serves as the series editor of Working with Culture on the Edge, a book series with Equinox Publishers.
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