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Jocelyne Cesari

Professor of Religion and Politics, University of Birmingham and Georgetown University
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Jocelyne Cesari holds the Chair of Religion and Politics at the University of Birmingham and is a Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University. Since 2018, she has been the T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding at Harvard Divinity School. As president-elect of the European Academy of Religion from 2018 to 2019, she has garnered recognition and awards for her work on religion and politics, including the 2020 Religion and International Studies Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association (ISA) and distinguished fellowships at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and the Royal Society of Arts in the United Kingdom.

Her book, We God’s People: Political Christianity, Islam and Hinduism in the World of Nations, (Cambridge University Press, 2021) received an honorable mention for the 2023 Book Award of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Her other publications include What Is Political Islam? (Rienner, 2018, which received an honorable mention for the 2019 Religion and International Studies Book Award of the ISA); Islam, Gender, and Democracy in a Comparative Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2017); and The Awakening of Muslim Democracy: Religion, Modernity, and the State (Cambridge University Press, 2014). She is the academic adviser of

Cesari also serves as a member of the advisory board for Intersections.

Featured Work: We God’s People: Political Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism in the World of Nations

Upcoming Projects: Dr. Cesari is the director of Theologies and Practices of Religious Pluralism (2021–25) in partnership with Reset Dialogues on Civilizations, Georgetown University and the University of Birmingham.