Dr. Mariano P. Barbato is DFG Heisenberg Fellow at Center for Religion and Modernity, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and Privatdozent at the University of Passau. Previously he held positions at 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 book was: Pilgrimage, Politics, and International Relation. Religious Semantics for World Politics, Palgrave: New York, 2013. His current DFG funded research project is Legions of the Pope: A Case Study in Social and Political Transformation.