Department of Political Science and International Affairs

Political Science and International Affairs Faculty

Chair of the Department

Michael Driessen 2012
Associate Professor of Political Science
BA, University of Portland, 2002
M.A., SAIS - Johns Hopkins University, 2005
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2011
Email: [email protected]du

Professors

Federigo Argentieri 1996
Adjunct Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Guarini Institute for Public Affairs
Laurea, University of Rome "La Sapienza", 1985
Ph.D., University of Budapest-ELTE, 2004
Email: [email protected]

Enrico Fardella
Visiting Professor of Political Science
B.A., University of Bologna
M.A., University of Bologna
Ph. D., University of Florence
Email: [email protected]

Pamela Harris 1999
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
A.B., University of California, Berkeley, 1993
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1998
Email: [email protected]

Costanza Hermanin
Visiting Professor of Political Science
M.A., University of Florence, 2004
M.A., SciencesPo Paris, 2005
M.Phil., SciencesPo Paris, 2006
Ph.D., European University Institute, 2012
Email: [email protected]

Seth Jaffe 2017
Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
B.A., Bowdoin College, Maine, 2000
M.Sc., London School of Economics, 2003
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2012
Email: [email protected]

Diego Pagliarulo 2019
Lecturer in Political Science
B.A. in Political Science, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy
M.A. in International Relations, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy
PhD in Political Science, European and International Studies, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy
Email: [email protected]

Franco Pavoncello 1990
Professor of Political Science, President of John Cabot University
B.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1974
M.A., The University of Michigan, 1978
Ph.D., The University of Michigan, 1984
Email: [email protected]

Lars Rensmann 2012
Visiting Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
B.A., Luther College, 1992
Dipl. Pol., Free University of Berlin, 1996
Ph.D., Free University of Berlin, 2002
Post-Doctorate Fellow, Yale University, 2004
Email: [email protected]

Camil Roman 2017
Lecturer in Political Science
Diploma de Licenta, SNSPA, Bucarest, 2006
M.A., University of Warwick, UK, 2009
Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 2016
Email: [email protected]

Farian Sabahi 2019
Lecturer in Politics and Religion
Laurea, Bocconi University, 1991
Laurea, University of Bologna, 1995
Ph.D., School of Oriental and African Studies,  London1999
Email: [email protected]

Eszter Salgó 2016
Lecturer in Political Science and International Affairs
B.A., M.A., Corvinus University (Budapest)
Ph.D., Sapienza University of Rome
Email: [email protected]

Silvia Scarpa 2009
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science
Laurea, LUISS University, Rome, 2000
Master, University of Rome "La Sapienza", 2002
Dottorato di Ricerca, University "Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna", Pisa, 2006
Email: [email protected]

Alberto Schepisi 2008
Visiting Professor of Political Science
Former Italian Ambassador to Ireland
M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1966
Email: [email protected]

Gabriele Simoncini 2003
Adjunct Associate Professor of Political Science
Laurea, University of Pisa, 1982
M.A., Columbia University, 1986
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1991
Email: [email protected]

Lyal S. Sunga 2019
Lecturer in Political Science
B.A., Carleton University, Ottawa
L.L.B., York University, Toronto
L.L.M., University of Essex, U.K.
Ph.D., Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva

Email: [email protected]

Michael Driessen

Michael Driessen

2012
Associate Professor of Political Science

BA, University of Portland, 2002
M.A., SAIS - Johns Hopkins University, 2005
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2011
Email: [email protected]


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.

List of Publications