John Pollard's research and teaching interests include the history of Italy and the papacy (especially its diplomacy and finances) in the 19th and 20th centuries, fascist and neo-fascist movements (particularly the ideology of present-day neo-Nazism), and political and social Catholicism.
His most recent book: The Papacy in the Age of Totalitarianism, 1914-1958, was published by OUP in 2014.
Other key publications include:
The Vatican and Italian Fascism, 1929-1932: A Study in Conflict, CUP, 1985
Papal Diplomacy in the Modern Age, edited with Peter Kent, Praeger, 1994
The Fascist Experience in Italy, Routledge, 1998
The Unknown Pope: Benedict XV(1914-1922) and the Pursuit of Peace, Geoffrey Chapman, 1999(published by Edizioni S. Paolo, 2001, as Il Papa Sconosciuto)
Money and the Rise of the Modern Papacy: Financing the Vatican, 1850-1950, CUP, 2004(published by Corbaccio, Milan, 2006, as L'Obolo di Pietro: Le finanze del papato moderno, 1850-1950 and by Merlusina, Barcelona, 2007, as El Vaticano y sus banqueros
Catholicism in Modern Italy: Religion, Society and Politics since 1861, Routledge, 2008
'Fascism and Catholicism', in R.J.B. Bosworth(ed.), The Handbook of Fascism, OUP, 2009
'Fascism and Religion', in A. Costa Pinto(ed.), Re-thinking the Nature of Fascism: Comparative Perspectives, Palgrave MacMillan, 2011