About the writer

Jordan Denari Duffner
Jordan Denari Duffner, Photo courtesy of Salt+Light TV

Jordan Denari Duffner is an author, educator, and scholar of Muslim-Christian relations, interreligious dialogue, and Islamophobia.

Her award-winning books are Finding Jesus among Muslims: How Loving Islam Makes Me a Better Catholic (2017) and Islamophobia: What Christians Should Know (and Do) about Anti-Muslim Discrimination (spring 2021). Jordan is currently pursuing a PhD in Theological and Religious Studies at Georgetown University. A former Fulbright scholar, she is also an associate of the Bridge Initiative, where she previously worked from 2014 to 2017 as a research fellow.

Committed to public theology, religious literacy, and interfaith solidarity, Ms. Duffner has published dozens of articles and essays in both academic and lay publications.  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. Her book chapters can be found in Overcoming Orientalism (2021) and A Pope Francis Lexicon (2018).

Jordan serves as a frequent media commentator and consultant. She has appeared as an analyst on news programs, television and radio interview shows, and documentaries. Jordan has given numerous talks and webinars on to diverse audiences, and has taught at the undergraduate level. She has experience both facilitating and participating in interreligious dialogue, and teaching at the undergraduate level.

Jordan’s writing has received wide acclaim and received numerous awards. Her first book, Finding Jesus among Muslims, won Second Place in the ‘General Interest’ category of the 2018 “Excellence in Publishing Awards” held by the Association of Catholic Publishers. Islamophobia, Jordan’s second book, won Third Place in the ‘Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations’ category of the 2022 Catholic Press Association Awards. Her 2016 piece on Islamophobia in Living City won a joint 2017 Catholic Press Association First Place Award for best interfaith and ecumenical coverage.

Jordan holds a Master’s degree in theological and religious studies and completed her bachelor’s degree at Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. She is a former Fulbright scholar 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 and young child.

If you would like to contact Jordan regarding speaking engagements or other matters, please use the contact form on this website.

(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.)


  1. Jim and Jan Sammer says:

    ……and you said you have been doing nothing since you came home for summer vacation. Well done, once again ~~~~ G and G

  2. Omar says:

    I think you are one of the coolest people I have met. I am so glad that you decided to go to Georgetown and I have no doubt that you will do amazing things. I am excited to see all the good you are going to do!

  3. Gilbert Satchell says:

    I just stumbled in here. I hope you find the mp3, I’d like to hear it as well. You will go far.

  4. Brandon says:

    Thanks so much for your contribution on my blog this afternoon, Jordan. I’m pretty sure you’re the first Hoosier to ever leave a comment! 🙂

    It’s a small world. I grew up northwest of Indianapolis: Noblesville – Carmel areas.

  5. sakina08 says:

    Thanks for your post on my blog earlier! It sounds like you’re off to a bright future, with all the many amazing accomplishments and focused determination you have already (mashAllah)!

    I was working in Indy for the past few years actually – small world! I just moved to a different state to take a new job though; too bad! 🙂

    Keep up the great work!

  6. Amanda says:

    Hi Jordan. Thanks for stopping by the blog. I’m glad you liked the piece. It looks like you are doing very good work to help relations between Islam and the West. Bravo to You!

    Be Well,

  7. Shabbir Akhtar says:

    Hello Jordan

    Thank you for your insightful and balanced piece on Rushdie. You quoted from my book on that topic and I am grateful for that.
    I live and work in the USA now and would like to speak to you about your interests. You can email me also. I am in Norfolk, Virginia and teach philosophy here. I am at 757 683 3864 and sakhtar@odu.edu


  8. Jordan:

    You can be assured of how proud you make your Saint Matthew Catholic Elementary School teachers here in Indy. You were a model student, well-informed, and an attitude of grace. We are so happy to see you so successful … of which your teachers and I already knew you were headed for greatness.

    Keep up the good work … and it is Social Justice that we all must support … for all religions, for all people.

    Martin Erlenbaugh, Your Elementary School Principal

    Peace – Shalom – שלום – السلام

  9. johnphayes says:

    Interesting that I discovered your site. I’m an American and Catholic . . . living in Kuwait. So while I found you because I’m helping my wife (who plays the piano at our local “church”) discover what she’s supposed to play for the “new” Mass . . . it’s interesting that you write about the Arab culture. . . . Meanwhile, I’ve not had any success finding out how the Mass is changing for the musicians or where they are to find the music that they’re expected to play. Do you know of any sites where she can get specific information? Thanks.

    John Hayes

    1. jdenari says:

      Hi John,
      I’m glad you found my site! I’m not sure of any places for you to look, but if you already haven’t, I’d check the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website. Hope this helps! I’d be really interested to hear more about your experience in Kuwait. What do you do there?

  10. I recently returned from my fourth trip to occupied Palestine. Based In [occupied] Bethlehem, I am a volunteer journalist for IMEMC and have come to know Palestinians – Christians and Muslims – as well as Jewish supporters and settlers. A complex problem few Americans understand, I try to describe what life is like for people living under occupation by telling their stories I trust in this way, we can look beyond prejudice and misconception and see the humanity shared by all. I feel you will carry on your good work, which ultiately must lead to peace w/ justice for all.

  11. Ghaith Balawneh says:

    i found your blog by coincidence and really loved it, best wishes for you
    غيث البلاونة من الاردن

  12. Sharon Sperry says:

    Jordan, just read your Washington Post essay…well done! I am so proud of you!!! …Sharon Sperry

  13. Aaron says:

    Not a Catholic.

    1. Aaron says:

      To be more precise it sounds like you are an apostate within the Church. I wonder how familiar you are with the Baha’i Faith? Perhaps, one day you may formally convert to it. Of course, I went the opposite way and so understand, as a Catholic convert, that you can’t possibly have been initiated into the Divine Mysteries and hold the views you do, which would mean, of course, that your life–at least so far–has never actually been touched by the sacraments. It is impossible to be a Catholic in reality when you haven’t experientially entered into the Divine Mysteries through the sacraments.

      God Bless, I wish you peace.

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