Valérie Amiraux is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the Université de Montréal, and Canada research chair in religious pluralism and ethnicity. She is also affiliated with a number of the university’s other research centers. Amiraux, a French citizen, obtained degrees in history and in Arabic, and then pursued a PhD in political science at l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.
Her initial research focused on Muslim communities in Europe and the situation of Turkish Islamic associations in Germany. As she pursued her career at the European University Institute in Florence, she began working on Islam in Europe. Her present research focuses on religious discrimination of minorities in some member states of the European Union, on the legal debate about the regulation of conflicts around religious symbols (France–Great Britain) and, more recently, about the articulation between pluralism and radicalization.