Skip to main content

About Ines Murzaku

Ines Angeli Murzaku is Professor of Religion at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, Director of Catholic Studies Program and the Founding Chair of the Department of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University. She earned a doctorate of research from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome part of the Pontifical Gregorian University Consortium and has held visiting positions at the Universities of Bologna and Calabria in Italy and University of Münster in Germany. She has won grants including Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant (SSHRC); and Fulbright Senior Research Scholar. Her research has been published in multiple articles and eight books. Dr. Murzaku’s publications include: Mother Teresa: The Saint of the Peripheries who Became Catholicism’s Center Piece (upcoming Paulist Press, 2020); Life of St Neilos of Rossano (1004) (Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University Press 2018); Italo-Greek Monasticism from St Neilos to Bessarion (Ashagte-Routledge 2018); Monasticism in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Republics (Routledge 2016); Monastic Tradition in Eastern Christianity and the Outside World a Call for Dialogue (Peeters University of Leuven 2013); Returning Home to Rome? The Monks of Grottaferrata in Albania (Analekta Kryptopherres 2009); Quo Vadis Eastern Europe? Religion, State and Society after Communism (Longo, University of Bologna 2009); and Catholicism, Culture and Conversion: The History of the Jesuits in Albania (1841-1946) (Orientalia Christiana Analecta, Pontifical Oriental Institute 2006).

Dr. Murzaku was the vice-president of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) and a United Nations accredited representative for the organization Christians Associated for Relationships with Eastern Europe. She is a regular commentator to media outlets on religious matters. She has worked for or collaborated with the Associated Press, CNN, Voice of America, Relevant Radio, The Catholic Thing, Crux – Taking the Catholic Pulse, Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation (Canada), Catholic World Report, National Catholic Register, The Record, The Stream, Radio Tirana (Albania), Vatican Radio (Vatican City), and The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN-Rome).


Present Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Seton Hall University

Curriculum Vitae


Enter a valid date range.

Enter a valid date range.

Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (2009)
  • Provost's Faculty Scholarship Award (Refereed Journal) (2009)
  • Alberto Italian Institute Research Associate Grant (2009)
  • Signature III Course Development Grant (2008-09)
  • Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, University of Münster, Ökumenisches Institut, School of Theology, University of Münster, Germany (2009-2011)
  • Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), (2009-2011)
  • Dean's Travel Award (2008)
  • Provost's Faculty Scholarship Award (Book) (2007)
  • Provost's Faculty Scholarship Award (Top Tier Journal) (2007)
  • Fulbright Senior Research Award, Italy (2006-2007)
  • University Research Council Award, Seton Hall University, Summer (2006)

Contact Information

Department of Religious Studies
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079


Books (9)

Articles (10)