Advisory Council 

Members of CIRIS’s Advisory Council form an international network of eminent scholars and practitioners. They provide counsel and connections for the Institute on an ad hoc basis.

Sughra Ahmed

Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 20.57.43Associate Dean for Religious Life, Stanford University

Dr Jonathan Chaplin

Director, Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, Cambridge

Dr Paul Freston

CIGI Chair in Religion and Politics in Global Context, Balsillie School of International Affairs

Revd Dr Jamie Hawkey

Dean and Director of Studies in Theology, Clare College, Cambridge

Dr Iza Hussin

Lecturer in Asian Politics, Cambridge

Dr William Inboden

Executive Director, Clements Center for National Security, University of Texas-Austin

Prof Peter Mandaville

Professor of Government and Politics, George Mason University

Javier Martínez-Torrón

Professor of Law, Complutense University, Madrid

Dr Quinn Mecham

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Brigham Young University

Dr Fabio Petito

Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Sussex

David Taylor

Chair, Christian Solidarity Worldwide; former UK diplomat;
Research Associate, Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture,
Regents Park College, Oxford.

Dr Scott Thomas

Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Bath

Dr Emma Tomalin

Director, Centre on Religion and Public Life, University of Leeds;
Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies, University of Leeds

Dr William Vendley

Secretary General, Religions for Peace International

Revd Canon Dr Gary Wilton

Vicar, All Souls Church, Ecclesall; Visiting Programme Director
for Religion and International Affairs, Wilton Park

News & Events

24th Apr 2018

CIRIS Research Associate Leor Zmigrod Publishes Paper on Psychology of Brexit Voting

CIRIS Graduate Research Associate Leor Zmigrod has published a paper on the psychological processes that give rise to nationalistic ideologies in the context of the United Kingdom’s 2016 EU Referendum. The research identified cognitive information processing styles that contribute towards support for Brexit and opposition to immigration and free movement of labour. Specifically, the findings […]



21st Feb 2018

Interview: Christopher Douglas on ‘Religion and Fake News’

In January 2018 CIRIS released a fascinating new report by Prof Chris Douglas on religion and fake news. The report explores the religious dimension of fake news in both Europe and the United States and offers recommendations for how policymakers and other leaders can fight back against faith-based fake news. Christopher Douglas teaches American literature and […]


Our Work

Equipping academics

At CIRIS, we aim to equip students and scholars in Cambridge and beyond with a robust and nuanced appreciation for the role of religion in international politics that they will take with them into their future research and/or practice around the world. To this end, we host public lectures, academic seminars, and other events. We are also pursuing research projects that draw on the contributions of Cambridge-based academics.

Engaging the public

We use our platform at Cambridge to influence the public conversation on matters of faith and politics—in the UK and around the world. CIRIS enjoys strong links to key governments, media outlets, religious groups, NGOs, civic leaders, and scholars. We want our website and social media platforms to provide a dynamic space for disseminating and discussing the contributions of our staff, associates, and partners.

Supporting diplomats

CIRIS serves as the secretariat for the Transatlantic Policy Network on Religion and Diplomacy (TPNRD). We facilitate communication, coordination, and collaboration among this community of diplomats from Europe and North America who have a responsibility for religion-related issues within their respective foreign ministries. The work of the TPNRD secretariat is generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.

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