Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies
The Roberta Buffett Visiting Professorship in International Studies, created through a gift from Roberta “Bertie” Buffett Elliott, brings to campus leading scholars from around the world to build international scholarly relationships and to provide educational opportunities for Northwestern students.
Alessandro Ferrari is the Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies. Ferrari has an Llb from the University of Modena (1993), a PhD in law and religion from the University of Milano (1999), and a PhD in canon law from the University of Paris XI (2003). He is a professor of law and religion at the Department of Law, Economy and Cultures of the University of Insubria (Varese and Como - Italy), where he is the director of the research center Religion, Law and Economy in the Mediterranean Area (REDESM). He is also the Research Master of "Islamologie, Droit et gestion" at the University of Strasbourg. He was the coordinator of the inter-university project "New Religious Presences in Italy: a process for Integration," and he cooperates with the Italian Home Ministry for the questions related to the legal status of Muslim communities. His most recent research interests and publications focus on Islam in Europe; secularism and laïcité; and religious freedom in Europe and the MENA countries. His latest books are Libertà religiosa in Italia: Un percorso incompiuto, Carocci, Roma 2012 and The Burqa Affair across Europe (ed. with Sabrina Pastorelli), Ashgate, Farnham 2013.