Dr. Efe Peker is a historical sociologist specialising on state-religion relations and secularism in comparative perspective, including North America, Europe, and the Middle East (with particular expertise on Québec, France, and Turkey).
He holds a dual PhD in Sociology (Simon Fraser University) and in History (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne). Since 2017, he is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology at McGill University, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Québec’s provincial government recently tabled Bill 21 on state secularism. The bill prohibits the wearing of religious symbols for public employees in positions of authority such as judges, police officers and teachers. The actual list is much longer.