Personal profile


Natalie Doyle is senior lecturer in French and European Studies at Monash University. She helped establish the  Monash European and EU Centre and is still currently one of  its Deputy Director.

She has researched European social and political thought, classical and contemporary, with particular reference to interpretations of modernity.She has a particular interest in the place of religion in modern European culture and in contemporary European interpretations of secularism, with respect to the history and future of European democracy. She also researches contemporary French society and politics, as well as broader European and European Union  issues.

Through her work on contemporary French political socio-political philosophy and the notion of religious disenchantment, she has developed  in past years a research project on the question of Islam in contemporary European political debates and what she calls the enabling context of radicalisation. This led to two conferences, a number of publications and  a special issue of the journal Politics, Religions and Ideology co-edited with Irfan Ahmad. This special issue  has been reprinted as a book for Routledge (July 2017 forthcoming)

She has published on the political implications of the economic crisis of the European Union and   has recently been involved in an international project  on  the history of regional integration in Europe and Latin America  from the perspective of the European Union’s contemporary crisis, leading to the publication of a co-edited book, Integration and Modernity: Cross-Atlantic Perspectives.

She is  part of the editorial committee of the journal Social Imaginaries: .

She has for a long time been interested in a post-Marxist strand of French socio-political  theory  established by Cornelius Castoriadis and Claude Lefort and  has particular expertise on the work  on one of its contemporary leading figures, Marcel Gauchet. She has contributed  articles on Gauchet’s work and  May 2015 a translation of the text by French political theorist Marcel Gauchet, Democracy: from one crisis to anothet , with a critical introduction.

She has  completed  a book for Lexington Books of  Rowman and Littlefields using the theoretical framework of Marcel Gauchet;s work to explore the challenges facing contemporary European democracy:   European Democracy, Depoliticization, and Imaginary Constructs of Islam: Marcel Gauchet and The Loss  of  a Common Purpose ( 2017 forthcoming).


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Projects 2012 2016

Research Output 2003 2018

Marcel Gauchet and The Loss of Common Purpose: Imaginary Islam and the Crisis of European Democracy

Doyle, N. J. 2018 1st ed. Lanham MD USA: Lexington Books. 265 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook

(Il)liberal Europe: Islamophobia, Modernity and Radicalization

Doyle, N. J. & Ahmad, I. 4 Jul 2017 Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge. 168 p.

Research output: Other - peer-reviewEdited Book

The fear of Islam: French context and reaction

Doyle, N. J. 2016 Fear of Muslims?: International Perspectives on Islamophobia. Pratt, D. & Woodlock, R. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer, p. 167-190 24 p. (Boundaries of Religious Freedom: Regulating Religion in Diverse Societies; vol. 3)

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (Book)

Introduction to Marcel Gauchet's Democracy: From One Crisis to Another

Doyle, N. J. 2015 In : Social Imaginaries. 1, 1, p. 151 - 161 11 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Social imaginaries in debate

Adams, S., Blokker, P., Doyle, N. J., Krummel, J. W. M. & Smith, J. C. A. 2015 In : Social Imaginaries. 1, 1, p. 15 - 52 38 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Activities 2014 2017

  • 2 Editorial responsibility
  • 1 Consultancy

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (Publisher)

Doyle, N. J. (Associate editor)
Mar 2017 → …

Activity: Editorial responsibility

Sage Publishers (External organisation)

Doyle, N. J. (Contributor)
9 Jul 201618 Mar 2017

Activity: Consultancy

Social Imaginaries (Journal)

Doyle, N. J. (Associate editor)
2014 → …

Activity: Editorial responsibility

Press / Media

French presidential elections

Natalie Jeanne Doyle


1 media contribution

Press / Media: Expert Comment