Robert M. Bosco is Associate Professor of International Studies at Centre College, where he teaches class in International Relations, International Law, Religion and Global Politics, International Political Economy, and European Politics.
Dr. Bosco is a Critical Theorist of Religion whose work explores the implications of Critical approaches to religion for understanding global politics. His current research is grounded in an approach that conceives of Political Theology as a critique of liberal international law and violence. The first stage of this project, for example, significantly expands on Walter Benjamin’s concept of Capitalism as Religion to understand and critique liberal international law and interventionist war. The second stage of the project applies the elaborated thesis of Capitalism as Religion to the subject of ecology.
Dr. Bosco has published on Religious Socialism as a national and transnational social movement (Bosco 2019; Bosco 2018.) He continues to write on this topic, most recently working on the Religious Socialism of Martin Buber, and the Buddhist (Dhammic) Socialism of Buddhadhasa Bhikku.
His first book, Securing the Sacred: Religion, National Security, and the Western State (2014, University of Michigan Press) was a comparative analysis of the political and ideological processes behind the shaping of liberal Islam by the U.K., France, and the United States.
“Securing the Sacred does not shy from controversy and thus raises important questions…a fascinating and compelling contribution to the burgeoning literature on religion and international relations, and to work on secularism and on securitization more specifically.”
-Ron Hassner, Chancellor’s Professor of Political Science, U.C. Berkeley
Dr. Bosco’s earliest work used Critical perspectives in Religious Studies to reveal Orientalist assumptions in post-9/11 treatments of religion in International Relations theory (Bosco 2009.)
Ph.D., Political Science, University of Connecticut, 2009.
M.A., International Affairs, American University, Washington D.C., 2001.
B.A., Philosophy, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, 1996.
Bosco, Robert M. 2014. Securing the Sacred: Religion, National Security, and the Western State. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
Bosco, Robert M. 2019. “Religious Socialists in Post-Secular Europe” Politics, Religion, and Ideology 20 (1): 121-134.
Bosco, Robert M. 2018. “The DSA’s Religion and Socialism Commission: A Social Movement Analysis.” Critical Research on Religion 6(2): 151-167.
Bosco, Robert M. 2014. “Battlefield Dharma: American Buddhists in American Wars.” Journal of Buddhist Ethics (21): 826-849.
Bosco, Robert M. and Lori Hartman-Mahmud. 2011. “The Securitization of Park51.” Peace Review: Journal of Social Justice 23 (4): 530-536.
Bosco, Robert M. 2010. “The Assassination of Rafik Hariri: Foreign Policy Perspectives.” International Political Science Review 30 (4): 349-361.
Bosco, Robert M. 2010. “Religion and International Development.” The International Studies Encyclopedia. Oxford and New York: Wiley Blackwell.
Bosco, Robert M. 2009. “Persistent Orientalisms: The Concept of Religion in International Relations.” Journal of International Relations and Development 12 (1): 90-111.
2018-Present: Research Associate, Center for Critical Research on Religion
2018-Present: Member, Editorial Board, Critical Research on Religion
2009-2010: Research Fellow, Religion and International Security, JFK School of Government,
2006: Summer Fellowship, Globalization and Religion, Boston University School of Theology
File last updated: 4/20/2021