Greetings and welcome to my website!  I am an associate professor and chair of the department of political science and international affairs at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy, where I teach courses on Religion and Politics and co-direct the University’s Interfaith Initiative. I received my doctorate in political science from the University of Notre Dame, and have been previously a post doctoral fellow at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. In 2018-2019, I was on sabbatical leave at the European University Institute’s Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies where I finished a book manuscript on the “Global Politics of Interreligious Dialogue.”

indexMy first book, Religion and Democratization: Framing Political and Religious identities in Muslim and Catholic Societies, (2014, Oxford University Press), explored the nature of public religions in Catholic and Muslim societies, drawing on five years of field research on religious communities, political movements and patterns of democracy in Southern Europe and North Africa.

My new book project moves this research forward and examines the role of interreligious dialogue in contemporary global politics and considers the extent to which interreligious dialogue initiatives reflect the intersecting influences of power, ideas and social change. I also work in close collaboration with the Lebanese interfaith foundation,  Adyan, with whom I have organized a recent International Conference and designed and participated in a training program for religious and civil society leaders from the Middle East.

My wife and I are members of the international community of L’Arche, and we live in Rome with our 3 children.

Email: mdriessen@johncabot.edu

Phone: (0039) 389 888 08 63