Michael Driessen

Michael Driessen

2012 Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of MA in International Affairs

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BA, University of Portland, 2002
M.A., SAIS - Johns Hopkins University, 2005
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2011

Michael D. Driessen is the inaugural Director of the MA program in International Affairs at John Cabot University and Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs. Michael received his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame and has been a post-doctoral fellow at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar as well as a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. He also holds a research affiliation with Cambridge University’s von Hügel Institute. Driessen’s books include The Global Politics of Interreligious Dialogue (Oxford University Press, 2023) and Religion and Democratization (Oxford University Press, 2014). He has published scholarly articles in Comparative Politics, Sociology of Religion, Politics and Religion, Constellations and Democratization and essays in America Magazine and Commonweal.

Michael also serves as an advisor for the Adyan Foundation in Lebanon and recently co-edited Human Fraternity and Inclusive Citizenship: Interreligious Engagement in the Mediterranean, published in collaboration with the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), the Adyan Foundation and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also directs the Rome Summer Seminars on Religion and Global Politics, an annual writing workshop and policy dialogue supported by a consortium of institutions and scholars working at the crossroads of religion and international relations.

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