biography

I was born in Locarno. In this town, in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland, I completed my education up to the high school diploma. At the universities of Fribourg and Zurich, I studied theology and study of religion. I graduated in 1996 with a doctoral thesis in New Testament Studies. In 2002, I obtained the «Habilitation» in the study of religion at the University of Zurich. In 2004, I received a SNSF professorship in the study of religion and founded the research group «Media and Religion». From 2010 to May 2016 I worked as a director for the Centre for Religion, Economy and Politics, an interdisciplinary project of the universities of Basel, Fribourg, Lausanne, Lucerne, Zurich, and the Collegium Helveticum. Since October 2016 I am working as a professor for the study and the history of religion at the faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Munich. Research grants and visiting fellowships have brought me to Rome, Oxford, and Trento, where I could appreciate different academic cultures and disciplines. I am married with Valdo Pezzoli. We have two sons, Leandro Elia and Noè Archimede and we live in Neggio, a small village in Malcantone, a valley in Southern Switzerland. Intellectual engagement is not only a commitment to studying and thinking, but also a space of transmission of knowledge and political reflection. I am particularly committed to initiatives promoting interdisciplinarity, multilinguism, and gender equality.