Network and Supervisors 

Alessandro Saggioro – Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, Department of History Anthropology Religions Art Performing Arts

Alessandro Saggioro is full professor in History of Religions, coordinator of the PhD programme in History of Europe and deputy director of the Department of History Anthropology Religions Art Performing Arts of Sapienza University of Rome. His main research interests focus on the study of the Late Antiquity, pluralism, mythology, teaching about religions in public schools, sacred spaces, methodology and historiography of History of Religions. He graduated in History of Religions in 1994 and, in 1999, received his PhD in Religious History at the Sapienza University of Rome. From 2000 to 2004, he was research fellow at the Department of Religious Studies of Sapienza University. He was post-doc fellow at the Italian Institute of Human Sciences (Florence). Between 2004 and 2005, he taught History of Religions at the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Oriental Studies of Sapienza University of Rome. He is director of the journal “Studi e Materiali di Storia delle Religioni”, the book series “Chi siamo – Storia delle Religioni” and the series “Quaderni di Simbologia del Vestire”. He also co-directs, with Sergio Botta, the “Sapienza Sciamanica” book series.

Ghada Barsoum Botros – American University in Cairo, Egypt, Public Policy and Administration Department

Ghada Barsoum is associate professor and currently chair of the Department of Public Policy and Administration at The American University in Cairo (AUC). Barsoum has numerous publications in reputable international peer-reviewed journals including Gender, Work and Organizations; Public Organization Review; International Journal of Social Welfare, and Current Sociology. She is also the author of a book on the employment crisis of female graduates in Egypt, and a number of book chapters, technical reports, published policy papers and encyclopedia entries. She has consulted for the International Labor Organization, UNESCO, UNFPA and UNICEF. While at AUC, she has been the principal investigator of projects with funding from the Ford Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme and Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Prior to joining AUC, Barsoum was research associate at the Population Council, West Asia and North Africa Office, where she spearheaded efforts for a national survey on youth in Egypt. Barsoum obtained her PhD in sociology from the University of Toronto and her master’s degree from AUC.

Giovanni Maltese – University of Hamburg, Germany, Institute of Religious Studies and Global Christianity

Giovanni Maltese is assistant professor and currently director of the Institute of Religious Studies and Global Christianity at the University of Hamburg (UHH). Maltese’s research focuses on religion and politics, questions of theory and method in the study of religion, and global religious history and gender. His areas of expertise include global Pentecostalism and conceptualizations of religion among South- and Southeast Asian Muslim intellectuals in the early twentieth century. Prior to his appointment at UHH, Maltese was research associate at the Department of Religious Studies and Intercultural Theology at the University of Heidelberg (where he earned his PhD) and at the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft at the University of Bonn (to which he is still connected to as a permanent fellow), visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University (Atlanta), and visiting professor at the Social Development Research Center at De La Salle University (Manila).