Gregorio Bettiza

Sr. Lecturer in International Relations
University of Exeter

About Gregorio Bettiza

Dr. Gregorio Bettiza is Senior Lecturer in International Relations (IR) and co-Director of the Center for Advanced International Studies (CAIS) at the University of Exeter. His research interests focus especially on the role of ideology, religions, and civilizational identities in foreign policy and international order. He has a further overarching interest in the theory, sociology, and pedagogy of IR. Bettiza is the co-editor of the Routledge book series Identity, Ideology, and Worldviews in Global Politics and editorial board member of Aspenia, Aspen Institute Italy’s journal of international affairs.


Bettiza’s first book Finding Faith in Foreign Policy: Religion and American Diplomacy in a Postsecular World (Oxford University Press: 2019), explored how US foreign policymakers have increasingly sought to understand and manage global religious dynamics since the end of the Cold War. The monograph was awarded three honorable book prize mentions, two from the International Studies Association (2021 and 2020) and one from the European Academy of Religion (2019).

Bettiza is currently working on a second book project developing a theory of state power through religion in international relations. In a separate set of papers, he is also focusing on the challenges posed by illiberal ideologies and forces, including authoritarian rising powers and populists in the West, to the liberal international order. In this context, Bettiza is developing a broader research agenda on the changing character of international order. Finally, in a number of articles, blog posts, and forums he has contributed to ongoing theoretical, sociological, and pedagogical debates about the discipline of IR.

Studies, Fellowships and Professional Experience

Previously to joining Exeter, Bettiza was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2014) at the European University Institute (EUI). He obtained his PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2012, funded by the LSE IDEAS Stonex Scholarship. Bettiza held Visiting Fellowships at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, in 2011 and 2017. In a past, pre-PhD life, he also worked for the World Bank and the UNHCR.

Research Projects

Religion, States and Power in Global Politics

Bettiza is currently working on a new book project developing the concept of sacred capital to theorize and understand the entanglements between religion, states, and power in global politics today.

Ideology and International Order

Bettiza is developing a second research agenda that connects his interests in religion and civilizations, to wider debates about ideology, illiberalism, and the changing character of international order.

Current Courses

University of Exeter
London School of Economics
European University Institute