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John Loughlin

John Loughlin

Former Director of the Von Hügel Institute

Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund's College

Emeritus Professor of European Politics, Cardiff University


Professor John Loughlin is an Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund's College, Cambridge, where he was the Director of the Von Hügel Institute until September 2015. He was also a Senior Fellow of the Department of Politics and International Studies of the University of Cambridge and is an emeritus Professor of European Politics at Cardiff University. In 2015 he was appointed a Research Fellow of Blackfriars Hall and member of the Las Casas Institute in Oxford.

He is a Fellow of the UK's Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS), a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (RHistS), of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA – until 2015) and of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. In 2014 he was appointed a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. He has held the Chaire Ganshof van der Meersch at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in 2013-14 and several Visiting Professorships and Fellowships in Oxford, Paris, Florence and Princeton, at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the University of Umeå, Sweden, and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-Provence. In 2010, the French Government appointed him an Officier dans L'Ordre des Palmes Académiques in recognition of his contribution to the spread of the French language and culture.

Research Interests

Prof Loughlin has carried out extensive research on territorial politics in Europe and on the relationship between religion and politics. He has also spent several years as a Cistercian monk at Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey, Portglenone in Northern Ireland where he carried out the usual studies for the priesthood in philosophy, theology and biblical studies.

His many publications include: 'Religion and Politics in Europe, in José Magone (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Comparative Politics (Routledge, 2014), 'The Theological and Secular Dimensions of the Modern State: historical and contemporary perspectives', in Ferran Requejo and Camil Ungureanu (eds), Secular or Post-secular Democracies in Europe? The Challenge of Religious Pluralism in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2014), The Routledge Handbook of Regionalism and Federalism (ed. with J. Kincaid and W. Swenden, 2013), Which Path to Religious Freedom? A Catholic Perspective on International Affairs. Research report commissioned by the Caritas in Veritate Foundation (pdf) 2013, The Oxford Handbook of Subnational Democracy in Europe (ed.) (OUP, 2010),  (ed. with K. Deschouwer) The Transformation of Territorial Governance in the 21st Century. Brussels: Flemish Academy of Belgium for Arts and Sciences (2007). (ed. with D. Hanley) Spanish Political Parties (Cardiff, 2006), Subnational Democracy in the European Union: Challenges and Opportunities (OUP, 2001)


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