Karina Bénazech Wendling

PhD candidate in the History and Sociology of Religions at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE-PSL) and the Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités (GSRL) – CNRS

Under the joint supervision of Patrick Cabanel, Directeur d’Études, EPHE-PSL and Prof. Peter Gray, Queen’s University Belfast.



History and Sociology of Religion.

History of Protestant missions in Ireland in the 19th century.

Religion and politics.


Protestant Political Thought, CIRIS Cambridge (editorial committee of 2020 conference).



British and Irish history.

US History (18th-19th century).

English language and translation.

History and cinema.

History and English studies.


My first peer-reviewed article is online: “A City upon a Hill”: The “Dingle Colony” of Converts and the Disruption of Traditional Communities in Mid-19th-Century Ireland”. https://journals.openedition.org/etudesirlandaises/8322

Two articles will follow in 2021.


Karina Bénazech Wendling is a PhD candidate in History and Sociology of Religions and an Agrégée English teacher.

She was awarded several grants and scholarships, such as a scholarship from the Région Ile-de-France, a Past and Present grant from the Royal Historical Society, and a grant from the SOFEIR (Société Française d’Études Irlandaises).

Her research focuses on religious conversion and national identity, but also more broadly on the interactions between religions and politics.


If you would like to get in touch, or if you have questions regarding my research projects, please contact me.

PhD journey (in progress)

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