Elisabeth Becker is a PhD candidate in Sociology. She studies how European Muslim communities respond to stigma through ethnographic research in mosques. Her interests center on how these communities agentively orient themselves towards, or decide to separate from, mainstream society, by privileging and purifying their Muslim identity. Her broader interests lie in culture, religion, ethnicity and race. Elisabeth has previously written on Albanians in New York City and their strategic self-presentation as Italians.