Jocelyne Cesari

Member Since 2021

Jocelyne Cesari

Professor of Religion and Politics

Georgetown University and Harvard University

Boston Area

Jocelyne Cesari holds the Chair of Religion and Politics at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom; at Georgetown University she is a Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. Since 2018, she has been the T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding at Harvard Divinity School. President elect of the European Academy of Religion (2018-19), her work on religion and politics has garnered recognition and awards: 2020 Distinguished Scholar of the religion section of the International Studies Association, Distinguished Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs and the Royal Society for Arts in the United Kingdom. Her most recent publications are: What is Political Islam? (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2018 book award of the International Studies Association); Islam, Gender and Democracy in a Comparative Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2017), co-authored with Jose Casanova. Her upcoming book, We God’s people: Political Christianity, Islam and Hinduism in the World of Nations (Cambridge University Press) will be published in the Fall 2021 (


  • International Relations
  • Politics
  • Policy Analysis


February 24th, 2022

Religion Professor: Why It's Time to Stop Calling the January 6 Riots 'Religious Nationalism'

To remedy such a distortion, we are better off differentiating religious nationalism from religious populism.

November 9th, 2021

An Ivy League Professor's Analysis of Collective Trauma and U.S. Politics Today

Since 9/11, U.S. leaders have focused on granting physical security to Americans, which has proven insufficient to rebuild the collective narrative.


Georgetown University and Harvard University

Georgetown University is the oldest and largest Catholic and Jesuit university in America. Georgetown today is a major student-centered, international research university, offering programs in Washington, DC; Doha, Qatar; and around the world.


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