Maria Birnbaum

Maria Birnbaum is a post-doctoral researcher of swisspeace at the University of Basel and an associate researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Princeton, and Bern University.

Working in the fields of Global Politics, Religious Studies, and Colonial History, her work examines the relationship between diversity and order with a particular focus on religion and global politics, as well as the history and politics of concepts and various regimes of knowledge.

She earned her Ph.D. from the European University Institute (EUI) and has held visiting fellowships at Cambridge University - the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), and the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) – Northwestern University, and Lund University as well as teaching and research positions at the Graduate Institute, Geneva (IHEID), Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS), Oslo University (UiO), Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (LMU), and the University of Bern.

Her most recent publications include The Costs of Recognition (International Theory) and Entangled Empire: Religion and the Transnational History of Pakistan and Israel (Millennium). She is finalizing a book manuscript titled Recognizing Religion. Politics, History, Critique analyzing arguments for the recognition of religion in global politics.

She is the founder and convener of the interdisciplinary working group GLOREL (Global Epistemological Politics of Religion) at the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies (gloknos).

[2021] Entangled Empire: Religion and the Transnational History of Pakistan and Israel, in: Millennium: Journal of International Studies 50(2).

[2020] Recognizing Diversity: Establishing Religious Difference in Pakistan and Israel, in: Reus-Smit, Christian/Phillips, Andrew (eds.): Culture and Order in World Politics, Cambridge University Press

[2018] Zum Verständnis von Religion. Ein freundlich-kritischer Einwand gegen den Religionsbegriff in der postsäkularen Gesellschaft von Jürgen Habermas, in: Barbato, Mariano/Marfeld, Sarah (eds.): Postsäkulare Weltpolitik, Passau Universität (Open Access)

[2017] Emerging International Subjects: The Royal Peel Commission, Palestine Partition and the Establishment of Religious Difference at the United Nations, in: Stensvold, Anne (ed.) Religion, State and the United Nations, London: Routledge, ISBN 9780367874469

[2017] Arbiters of Orthodoxy: Contentious Politics and Epistemological Change, in: Journal of Religion, Politics, and Ideology, 18(1): 109-112,

[2016] Religion: Westphalia, the Colony and the Secular, in: Berenskoetter, Felix (ed.): Concepts in World Politics, London: Sage, ISBN: 9781446294284

[2015] Exclusive Pluralism, in: Fitzgerald/Goldenberg/Stack (eds.): Religion as a Category of Governance and Sovereignty, Leiden: Brill, ISBN: 978-90-04-29059-4

[2015] with Bardon, Aurélia; Lee, Lois; Roy Olivier, and Stoeckl, Kristina (eds.): Religious Pluralism, Florence: European University Institute, Ppen Access)

[2015] with Bardon, Aurelia, et al.: Introduction: Pluralism and Plurality, in: Bardon, Aurélia; Birnbaum, Maria; Lee, Lois; Roy Olivier, and Stoeckl, Kristina, (eds): Religious Pluralism, European University Institute: 1-9.