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Dr. Andrea Molle

Assistant Professor
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology
Expertise: Religion and Politics; Religion and Violent Behavior; Martial Arts; Combative Behavior
Office Location: 338 North Glassell
Office Hours: By Appointment
Phone: 714-516-4683
University of Genoa, Bachelor of Science
University of Genoa, Master of Science
The University of Milan, Ph.D.


Andrea Molle, PhD, FRAS

Andrea Molle is Assistant Professor in Political Science and Research Associate at the Institute for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Society. Prior to coming to Chapman, he was Associate Research Fellow in Sociology at Baylor University (Texas). From 2006 to 2008, he was JSPS Fellow in Anthropology at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture (Nagoya, Japan). His current research and teaching agenda focus on the investigation of the intersection of religion and politics in different fields of the Social Sciences. Specific research interests include international relations, computational social sciences, cross-cultural studies of new religions, religious violence and warfare studies. Much of his research in these areas focus upon Asian societies, particularly Japan. He has published a book on new religions (in Italian) and several articles in journals in the fields of Sociology, Anthropology, and Political Science.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Mor, G., Molle, A. (2021) “Should the State of Israel pursue Krav Maga as an intangible cultural heritage of the Jewish people? History and politics say yes”, International Journal of Martial Arts, 7, pp. 10-19
Gersi, A., Molle, A. (2021) “Il nemico del mio nemico è mio amico? Il medioriente dopo gli Accordi di Abramo”, Coscienza e Libertà.
Molle, A. (2020) “SARS-COV-2 and the (dark) future of society: a Machiavellian approach to the end of body sovereignty and the beginning of bio-feudalism”, Sociologica. International Journal for Sociological Debate, 14(3), pp. 25-41
Molle, A. (2019) “Religion and Right-wing Populism in Italy: Using ‘Judeo-Christian roots’ to kill the European Union”, Religion, State & Society, 47(1), pp. 157-168
Baker J.O., Molle, A. & Bader, C.D. (2020) “The Flesh and The Devil: Belief in Religious Evil and Views of Sexual Morality”, Review of Religious Research, 61(1), pp. 133-151
Gobo, G., Molle A. (2017). Doing ethnography (2nd Edition). Sage.
Molle, A., (2017) "Panem et Circenses: Do martial arts makes less violent citizen and promote social conformity?" Proceedings of the 50th Japanese Academy of Budo Conference.
Bader, C. D., Molle, A., Gurrentz, B., & Coyle, J. J. (2017). "For the Wrath of God: Fatalism and Images of God in Violent Regions of the World.", Sociology of Religion, 78(2), pp. 173-191.
Molle, A. (2016) “Alexander C. Bennett, Kendo: The Culture of the Sword”, Martial Arts Studies, 1(2), pp. 113-116.
Molle, A., Bader, C. D. (2013) “Paranormal science from America to Italy: a case of cultural homogenization”, in O. Jenzen & S. R. Munt (eds.) The Ashgate Research Companion To Paranormal Cultures. London: Ashgate Publishing.
Molle, A. (2013) “L’Oriente Italiano”, in E. Pace (ed.) Le religioni nell’Italia che cambia, pp. 73-83. Roma: Carocci.
Bader, C. D., Baker, J. O. & Molle, A. (2012) “Countervailing Forces: Religiosity and Paranormal Belief in Italy”, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 51(4), pp. 705-720.
Molle, A. (2011) “Spiritual Life in Modern Japan: Understanding Religion in Everyday Life”, in G. Giordan & W. H. Swatos (eds.) Religion, Spirituality and Everyday Practice, pp. 131-139. New York: Springer.
Molle, A. “MERCS: Models of Emerging Religious Conflict in Society”, poster presented at the 1st JSPS Multidisciplinary Science Forum, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, [http://www.jspsusa.org/Alumni_association/20110311_MSF/20110311_Proceedings_of_MSF.pdf].
Molle, A. (2010) “Towards a sociology of budo’ Spirituality: Studying the implicit religious issues”, Implicit Religion, 13, pp. 85-104.
Molle, A., Sterchele D. (2011). Religioni e Società. Rivista di Scienze Sociali della Religione, 71. Special Issue on Religion and Sport. IN ITALIAN
“Mahikari no Waza: Possessione, malattia e purificazione in un nuovo movimento religioso giapponese”, in M. Bontempi & A. Maturo (eds.) Salute e Salvezza, pp. 181-194. Milano: Franco Angeli. IN ITALIAN
I Nuovi movimenti religiosi. Roma: Carocci. IN ITALIAN
with Brown, D.H.K., and Jennings, G. “Faith in the martial arts: Exploring relationships between Asian martial arts and religion”, STADION, 35(2009), pp. 47-66. [published in 2011]