Prof. Dr. Mariano P. Barbato is DFG Heisenberg Fellow at Center for Religion and Modernity, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and Professor for Political Science at the University of Passau. Previously he held positions at CAU Kiel, BBU Cluj-Napoca, TU Darmstadt, U Passau, EUI Florence and LMU Munich. His articles have been appeared in: Journal of International Relations and Development, Perspectives. Review of International Affairs, Politics, Religion & Ideology, Review of International Studies, Millennium. Journal of International Studies, Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen, European Political Science Review and others. His last books are Pilgrimage, Politics, and International Relation. Religious Semantics for World Politics, Palgrave: New York, 2013 and the edited volume Wege zum Digitalen Papsttum: Der Vatikan im Wandel medialer Öffentlichkeit, Campus: Frankfurt/ M., 2018. 

His current DFG funded research project is Legions of the Pope: A Case Study in Social and Political Transformation.