Michael Driessen is Associate Professor and chair of the department of Political Science and International Affairs at John Cabot University, Rome, where he also co-directs the University’s Interfaith Initiative. He received his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar. Professor Driessen’s research focuses on the role of public religions in Catholic and Muslim societies, and he teaches courses on Religion and Politics, Middle East Politics, and War, Peace and Conflict Resolution. He has published the book Religion and Democratization: Framing Religious and Political Identities in Muslim and Catholic Societies (Oxford UP, 2014), and his articles have appeared in Comparative Politics, Sociology of Religion, Politics and Religion, Constellations and the Journal of Modern Italian Studies. He is currently writing a book on the global politics of interreligious dialogue.  Professor Driessen is also a member of the international community of L'Arche and a frequent collaborator with the Lebanese Interfaith Foundation, Adyan. He lives in Rome with his wife and three children.

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Selected Recent Publications

“Mapping Contemporary Catholic Politics in Italy,” Journal of Modern Italian Studies, (2016) 21(3), 419-425.

“Comparative Perspectives: Religion, State and Democracy beyond the United States,” (2016) in A Companion to Religion and Politics in the U.S., (ed.) Barbara McGraw, Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell

Oltre l’Opzione Benedetto,” Il Foglio (July 10, 2015), translated to “Living the Postsecular Life,America Magazine, vol 214, no. 15 (February 22nd, 2016)

“Regime Type, Religion-state Arrangements and Religious Markets in the Muslim World,” Sociology of Religion, (2014) 75(3), 367 -394.

Religion and Democratization: Framing Political and Religious Identities in Catholic and Muslim Societies. 2014. New York: Oxford University Press.

“Religious Democracy and Civilizational Politics: Comparing Political Islam and Political Catholicism,” Occasional Paper No. 12 Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) Georgetown University (2013).

“Public Religion, Democracy and Islam: Examining the Moderation Thesis in Algeria,” Comparative Politics, 44(January 2012), 171-189.

“Democratization in the Land of Tibhirine,” The Review of Faith and International Affairs,” (May 2011).

“Religion, State and Democracy: Analyzing Two Dimensions of Church-state Arrangements,Politics and Religion, 3(April 2010), 55-80.

“Two Propositions for the Future Study of Religion-State Arrangements,” Cosmopolis, 1-2 (2010).

Ethnic Voting and the Quality of Democracy in sub–Saharan Africa,” authored with Robert Dowd, Afrobarometer Working Paper (January 2008).