Institut für Judaistik

The Use and Abuse of the Israel/Palestine Conflict
2010-2015 Ph.D. in Social and Political Science, European University Institute, Florence (Italy)
2012 Visiting scholar, Northwestern University, Evanston (USA)
2011 Visiting scholar, Lund University (Sweden)
2004-2009 M.A. in Political Science, Ludwig-Maximilians- Universität of Munich (Germany)
Academic Positions
March 2020- Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Berne (Switzerland)
2019-2020 Research Associate, University of Berne (Switzerland)
2015-2019 Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Oslo (Norway)
2014-2015 Research Associate, Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies (RSCAS), Florence (Italy)
2011-2014 Research Assistant, ReligioWest, funded by the European Research Council (ERC), Florence (Italy)
2010 Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy, Ludwig- Maximilians-Universität, Munich (Germany)
2009-2010 Research Assistant for the Department of Religion Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich (Germany)
2007-2009 Editorial Assitant for Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen (leading peer-reviewed German Journal for International Relations)
2007-2009 Teaching and Research Assistant, Department of International Relations, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany

Maria Birnbaum is a Post-Doctoral researcher and studies the relation between cultural diversity and political order with a particular focus on religion and global politics. She is part of the project "The Use and Abuse of the Israel/Palestine Conflict" in the IRC study of "Religious Conflicts and Coping Strategies", where she studies the transnational aspect of the religion and politics nexus. She is currently working on a series of articles exploring the interlinkage of individuals, institutions, and ideas between the Palestine and Indian partition and the following establishment of Israel and Pakistan.

She received her PhD in International Relations from the European University Institute (EUI) in 2015 during which she worked in the ERC funded project ReligioWest studying the global epistemological politics of religion. She was a visiting fellow at Northwestern University, USA, and Lund University, Sweden and held positions at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (LMU) in Munich, Germany, Oslo University, Norway and Berne University, Switzerland.

In previous work Maria Birnbaum critically studied arguments for recognition of religion in global politics and showed how religion became recognizable as a source of difference in colonial British India and Mandate Palestine.

In her current projects Epistemologies of Ignorance and The Costs of Recognition Maria is looking at the conditions and the epistemology of diversity. Her most recent publication Recognizing diversity: Establishing religious difference in Pakistan and Israel analyzes the conditions of epistemological change in the international politics of religion and is forthcoming in the volume Culture and Order in World Politics with Cambridge University Press.

  • 2020: Recognizing Diversity: Establishing Religious Difference in Pakistan and Israel, in: Reus-Smit, Christian/Phillips, Andrew (eds.): Culture and Order in World Politics, Cambridge University Press.
  • 2017: Emerging International Subjects: The Royal Peel Commission, Palestine Partition and the Establishment of Religious Difference at the United Nations, in: Stensvold, Anne (ed.) Religion, State and the United Nations, London: Routledge.
  • 2016: Religion: Westphalia, the Colony and the Secular, in: Berenskoetter, Felix (ed.): Concepts in World Politics, London: Sage.
  • 2015: Exclusive Pluralism, in: Fitzgerald/Goldenberg/Stack (eds.): Religion as a Category of Governance and Sovereignty, Leiden: Brill.
  • 2015: Religious Pluralism, edited with Olivier Roy et al., Florence: European University Institute.                       
  • 2015: Introduction: Pluralism and Plurality (with Aurelia Bardon, Lois Lee and Kristina Stoeckl), in: Religious Pluralism: A Resource Book. Aurélia Bardon, Maria Birnbaum, Lois Lee and Kristina Stoeckl (eds). European University Institute.