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Massimo Faggioli

Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University, Villanova University

Dr. Massimo Faggioli worked in the “John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies” in Bologna between 1996 and 2008 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Turin in 2002. He moved to the US in 2008, where he was visiting fellow at the Jesuit Institute at Boston College between 2008 and 2009. Dr. Faggioli was associate professor in the Theology Department of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul (Minnesota) and now is full professoor in the department of theology and religious studies at Villanova University. He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife and their children. He writes regularly for Italian and American newspapers and journals on the Church, religion and politics. He is contributing editor to Commonweal, and has a column in La Croix International.
His books, articles, and essays have been published in eight languages.
He is currently working on the history of government of the Catholic Church, on pope Francis, and on the Second Vatican Council.
His latest book is "Catholicism and Citizenship: Political Cultures of the Church in the Twenty-First Century" (2017).


  • 2016–present
    Professor of theology and religious studies, Villanova University
  • 2009–2016
    Associate professor of theology, University of St. Thomas (MN)

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • American Historical Association