Jordan Denari Duffner is an author, educator, and scholar of Muslim-Christian relations, interreligious dialogue, and Islamophobia. Her 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 (2021).
A Catholic Christian based in Washington, DC, Ms. Duffner is currently pursuing a PhD in Theological and Religious Studies at Georgetown University. A former Fulbright scholar in Amman, Jordan, she is also an associate of the Bridge Initiative, where she previously worked as a research fellow. She currently teaches an undergraduate introduction to Islam course at Georgetown.
Committed to public theology, religious literacy, and combatting religious discrimination, Ms. Duffner has published dozens of articles and commentaries in both academic and lay publications. She serves as a frequent media commentator and consultant for non-profits, journalists, and church leaders, and has given numerous lectures and webinars across North America. She has experience both facilitating and participating in interreligious dialogue.
Bridging the realms of academia and public life, Ms. Duffner’s writing has received wide acclaim. Her first book was named among the top Catholic books of 2018 by the Association of Catholic Publishers. She holds a Master’s degree in theological and religious studies and completed her bachelor’s degree at Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. Originally from Indianapolis, she lives with her family outside Washington, D.C.
Contrary to the notions of my Catholic school upbringing, I no longer envision Jesus’ kingdom as a place inhabited only by Christians. Instead, it’s populated by many of my Muslim friends and so many others—whether religious or not—whose lives contribute to the gradual building of a more compassionate, more just world.VIEW