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Monica Bouman

is a social psychologist from a Dutch-Indo family background. She is an independent researcher. She defended her Ph.D. thesis on the spirituality and political ethics of Dag Hammarskjöld in 2001 at The Catholic University of Nijmegen (now Radboud University Nijmegen).Email:

Govert J. Buijs

is professor of political philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and holds the Kuyper Chair for ‘political philosophy and religion’ as well as the Goldschmeding Chair ‘Economy in relation to civil society’. He also lectures on ‘Christian Philosophy’ at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He studied political science, philosophy and theology at various institutions and defended a dissertation on Eric Voegelin at the Vrije Universiteit, which was published as Tussen God en duivel. Totalitarisme, politiek en transcendentie bij Eric Voegelin (Amsterdam Boom 1998). His general research interest is ‘The Role of Religion & Ethics in Contemporary Society with its three branches of the Political Order, Civil Society and the Market’. Buijs currently leads an interdisciplinary research project ‘What Good Markets Are Good For’, together with researchers from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Radboud University Nijmegen and Tilburg University, funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation.Email:

Jonathan Chaplin

is a specialist in Christian political theory. He is member of the Cambridge Divinity Faculty and adjunct faculty member of the Institute for Christian Studies (ICS), Toronto. He was Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, Cambridge from 2006–2017, and visiting lecturer in Christian social and political philosophy at the Vrije Universiteit 2007–2011. From 2004–2006 he held the Dooyeweerd Chair of Social and Political Philosophy at ICS. He is author of Herman Dooyeweerd: Christian Philosopher of State and Civil Society (University of Notre Dame 2011) and co-editor of God and the EU: Faith in the European Project (Routledge 2016) and God and Global Order: The Power of Religion in American Foreign Policy (Baylor University Press, 2010).Email:

Lucas G. Freire

is an Assistant Professor at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo, Brazil, and a research fellow at its Center for Economic Freedom. He is the winner of Acton Institute’s 2018 Michael Novak Award for his research in philosophy, religion and economics in the ancient Near East. He has previously worked at North-West University, the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics and the University of Exeter, where he obtained a Ph.D. in Politics in 2013. Email:

Beatrice de Graaf

is professor of History of International Relations & Global Governance at Utrecht University, and chairs the section History of International Relations (GIB). She studied Modern History and German language and culture at Utrecht and Bonn (1998, cum laude) and received her Ph.D. from Utrecht University in 2004 (on the GDR, the Dutch churches and the peace movement, bestowed with the Max van der Stoel Human rights award). She was co-founder of the Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism at Leiden University (Campus, The Hague) in 2007, where she was appointed professor of Conflict and Security History in 2011. With an NWO VIDI/ASPASIA grant on ‘The Making of a National Security State’, and as fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS, on the topic of ‘Terrorists on Trial’) De Graaf contributed to the emerging research field of security history. Her book Evaluating Counterterrorism Performance (2011) was internationally ranked amongst the top 150 terrorism books. Her research focuses on history of national security in the West (19th-21st century), counterterrorism and political violence, securitisation and international relations, and historical research on the development of security thinking.Email:

Roman Gruijters

is a teacher, chaplain, independent scholar and Ph.D. student. In 2017 he got his second master’s degree at the Tilburg School of Catholic Theology (Tilburg University). Until 2014 he was an Army Chaplain and during 2016 a teacher of Ethics at the Royal Military Academy. In 2006 Gruijters completed a master’s program at the Radboud University Nijmegen and in 2004, as an exchange student, he studied intercultural theology in India. He also wrote about the social, cultural, political and humanitarian situation of minorities, especially the Catholic Church, in Pakistan.Email:

Robert J. Joustra

is Associate Professor of Politics & International Studies at Redeemer University College (Canada), where he is also founding-Director of the Centre for Christian Scholarship. He is an editorial fellow with The Review of Faith & International Affairs, and editor and author of several books, including most recently The Religious Problem with Religious Freedom: Why Foreign Policy Needs Political Theology (Routledge, 2017). He received his Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of Bath, under Scott Thomas.Email:

Menno R. Kamminga

is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Relations and International Organization at the University of Groningen. His research and teaching interests include the ethics of foreign policy and global society, international relations theory, and methodology of international relations. He has published many academic articles on a variety of topics, such as Kenneth Waltz’s neorealist theory of international politics, Reinhold Niebuhr’s Christian realism, John Rawls’s Law of Peoples, Amitai Etzioni’s socio-economics and communitarianism, global distributive justice, freedom of religion, ritual slaughter, and the ethics of climate politics.Email:

Margriet Krijtenburg

is senior lecturer and researcher at the European Studies Programme of The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS). In 2012 she obtained her Ph.D. with a dissertation entitled Schuman’s Europe: His frame of reference from Leiden University, Faculty Governance & Global Affairs. Krijtenburg frequently organizes conferences in The Netherlands and abroad on Schuman and his ideas about European unification. She is co-editor of a scientific journal and organizes each year, together with colleagues and students, the Annual International Schuman Student Congress & Essay Competition on current European issues from Schuman’s perspective.Email:

Sander Luitwieler

studied Political Science at Leiden University, the Netherlands. In addition, he completed a MA in Christian Studies of Science and Society at VU University Amsterdam. He received a Ph.D. in European Union politics from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is currently Director of the Foundation for Christian Philosophy and of the Lindeboom Institute (for medical ethics), both based in the Netherlands. His research interests include Christian philosophy, relational thinking and the European Union.Email:

Frederike van Oorschot

earned her Ph.D. in theology from Heidelberg University, focussing on the concept of public theology in the USA. After research at Princeton Theological Seminary and the Beyers-Naudé Center for Public Theology in Stellenbosch she worked as Research Assistant at University of Hannover and Ecumenical Institute Heidelberg. She works today at the Protestant Research Institute Heidelberg (FEST) as head of department “Religion, culture and law”. She is head of the young scholar’s research network “Schriftbindung evangelischer Theology”. Her research areas are theological hermeneutics, including her “second book”-project on biblical hermeneutics, social ethics and the impact of digitization on social life and the humanities.Email:

Eric Patterson

is dean and professor of the Robertson School of Government at Regent University (USA) and research fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. The author or editor of 14 books, Patterson’s books include biographies of the Christian realists (The Christian Realists: Niebuhr and His Contemporaries), contemporary applications (Christianity and Power Politics Today, Politics in a Religious World: Toward a Religiously Literate U.S. Foreign Policy) and books on just war thinking (Just American Wars, Ending Wars Well, Ethics Beyond Wars End, Just War Thinking). He has served as a White House Fellow, as an Air National Guard Officer, and worked at the U.S. Department of State.Email:

Katherine Pettus

received a Ph.D. on political theory from Columbia University. She is the Advocacy Officer at the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care. She travels globally advocating for improved access to internationally controlled essential medicines such as morphine, as a component of the right to health. She also addresses palliative care issues for older persons, for children, in universal coverage, for non- communicable diseases (NCDs), and palliative care medications in national essential medicines lists.Email:

Dennis P. Petri

is the Director of the Foundation Platform for Social Transformation and the Observatory of Religious Freedom in Latin America. He holds a Masters degree in comparative politics, with a specialty in Latin America, from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) (MSc in Political Science, MPhil in Comparative Politics with a specialization in Latin America), and received an excellence scholarship from the French government. He is a Ph.D. candidate at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. A Mexican-Dutch author, he has published on religious freedom, religion and politics, social dialogue, parliamentary reform and democracy assistance.Email:

Simon Polinder

is senior researcher (‘associate lector’) Christian Profession at the Christian University of Applied Sciences Ede (CHE) and a Ph.D. candidate at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on Religion and International Relations Theory. He studied International Relations in Historical Perspective at the University of Utrecht and Christian Political Philosophy at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He was a lecturer at the department of International Organization and International Relations at the University of Groningen and a visiting researcher at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University. He has published on religion and development cooperation, religion and international relations, Christian realism, Christianity and (international) politics, Reinhold Niebuhr, and religion and conflict.Email:

James W. Skillen

received his Ph.D. on political theory from Duke University. He directed the Center for Public Justice (Washington, D.C.) from 1981 to 2009. He taught political philosophy and international relations at three Christian colleges from 1973 to 1982. He is the author/editor of 14 books, including The Good of Politics: A Biblical, Historical, and Contemporary Introduction (2014), and With or Against the World? America’s Role Among the Nations (2005).Email:

Scott M. Thomas

lectures in the politics of developing countries and international relations at the University of Bath, United Kingdom. He is a contributing editor to The Review of Faith & International Affairs, is on the editorial board of Politics, Religion & Ideology, and is a senior academic advisor to the Religion and International Relations Section of the International Studies Association. He has most recently written on Muslim-Christian relations in The Muslim World, The Downside Review, and The Review of Faith & International Affairs. His new book, God in the 21st Century: Critical Essays on Religion and International Relations will be out later this year (Routledge). He has written the widely influential book, The Global Resurgence of Religion and the Transformation of International Relations, Foreword by Desmond Tutu (Palgrave, 2005).Email:

Frans Veerman

is the Managing Director of World Watch Research, the research unit of Open Doors International. He is the Chairman of the Foundation Platform for Social Transformation, and member of the Advisory Board of the Observatory of Religious Freedom in Latin America. He holds a Masters degree in Agricultural Sciences of Wageningen University & Research. He is a Ph.D. candidate at Tübingen University, Germany. The subject of his Ph.D. is the indicator system that underpins the methodology of Open Doors’ annual World Watch List.Email:


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