My name is Luca Ozzano, I am Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Turin (Torino) in Italy, where I teach Political Science and Comparative Politics (in Italian) and Politics and Religion (in English). My main research interest is the relation between religion and politics in contemporary democracies and its impact on people’s freedoms and rights.
Since 2017, I am the Convenor of the ‘Religion and Politics’ standing group of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), where I had been a member of the steering committee since 2014.
Since 2017, I am also Chair of the research committee 43 ‘Religion and Politics’ of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), where I had been a member of the steering committee since 2012. I am also founder and Convenor (since 2009) of the ‘Religion and Politics’ standing group of the Italian Political Science Association (SISP).
At the University of Turin, I am one of the co-founders and a member of the steering committee of Contemporary Religions and Faiths in Transition (CRAFT), a research group working on the newest developments of religious phenomena. In this context, I have been principal investigator for a research on “Searching for Alternative Communitarianism, Religion and Economic Development. A trans-disciplinary analysis of the economic networks of the Focolare, Hizmet and Damanhur religious movements” (Acronym: SACRED), funded with 70,000 euros by the Compagnia di Sanpaolo foundation.
I am currently principal investigator of a project on “Religious Pluralism and Quality of Life in the Neighborhoods: A Community Organizing Pilote Project”, funded with 25,000 euros by the Cassa di Risparmio di Torino (CRT) Foundation, which is establishing a community organizing project in the northern periphery of Turin, in cooperation with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), and the Community Organizing Onlus Association.
I have published several books, in Italian and English, as well as articles in referred international academic publications. My most recent work, forthcoming in Fall 2020 with ECPR Press/Rowman and Littlefield, is a wide comparative analysis of the role of religion in political parties in contemporary democracies, entitled The Masks of The Political God. Religion and Political Parties in Contemporary Democracies.
In my private life, I am married and I have a 13-years old son; I like to read a lot, especially science fiction and biographies; I love listening to anglo-saxon folk music, and playing it (badly) with my Ibanez guitar; and I practice (too intermittently!) yoga and vipassana meditation.