Jordan Denari Duffner is a leading Catholic voice on Muslim-Christian relations, interreligious dialogue, and anti-Muslim prejudice.
The author of Finding Jesus among Muslims: How Loving Islam Makes Me a Better Catholic, Jordan is currently pursuing a PhD in Theological and Religious Studies at Georgetown University. Jordan is also an associate of the Bridge Initiative, where she previously worked from 2014 to 2017 as a research fellow studying Islamophobia.
Jordan’s book, Finding Jesus among Muslims: How Loving Islam Makes Me a Better Catholic, won Second Place in the ‘General Interest’ category of the 2018 “Excellence in Publishing Awards” held by the Association of Catholic Publishers.
In 2016, Jordan penned the Bridge Initiative report, “Danger and Dialogue: American Catholics Perceptions and Portrayals of Islam,” which included the first nationwide survey of Catholics’ views of Islam. Jordan’s essay on Pope Francis and youth was published in A Pope Francis Lexicon, a 2018 Liturgical Press anthology about Pope Francis and the words he uses. Her forthcoming book on Islamophobia is slated for publication by Orbis Books in 2020.
Jordan’s writing on Islam and Catholicism has appeared in numerous outlets including TIME, The Washington Post, and America. Her 2016 piece on Islamophobia in Living City won a joint 2017 Catholic Press Association First Place Award for best interfaith and ecumenical coverage. A frequent media commentator, Jordan has been appeared on news programs on BBC, Al-Jazeera, and local public radio stations. Often consulting with journalists, Jordan has given numerous talks on Islamophobia and interfaith dialogue to diverse audiences.
Jordan completed her bachelors degree at Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and is a former Fulbright researcher in Amman, Jordan, where she studied the impact of the media on Muslim-Christian relations. She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband, Chris.
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(The views and opinions expressed here are solely my own, and do not necessarily reflect the official policy, positions, or mission of Georgetown University, the Bridge Initiative, or the Fulbright program.)