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Marian Gh. Simion, PhD 
Assistant Director

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Postdoctoral Fellow (Harvard University Divinity School) 
PhD in Public and International Affairs (Northeastern University)
MTS in Theological Studies (Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology)
BA in Religious Studies (Hellenic College) 
Baccalaureate in Philology (Saint Gregory Orthodox Theological Seminary, Bucharest)
Diploma in Theology (Saint Gregory Orthodox Theological Seminary, Bucharest)
Diploma of Capacity for Priesthood (Archdiocese of Bucharest & Romanian Orthodox Patriarchate)

Dr. Marian Simion is the Assistant Director of the Boston Theological Institute where he is in charge of general administration, communication, and publications (see details here.) He holds the positions of Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-2015) and Field Education Supervisor (since 2006) at Harvard Divinity School. Between 2006 and 2012 Dr. Simion taught peace ethics at Boston College Department of Theology, while between 2004 and 2012 he taught Interdisciplinary Studies as Adjunct Instructor at Hellenic College. In 2012 Dr. Simion became Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hellenic College, and in May 2013 he joined the faculty of Harvard University Extension School, where he tauught in the areas of Government, Religion and Diplomacy.

As of August 25, 2014, Dr Simion is the Administrator (duties of Department Chair) of the Religious Studies Program at Hellenic College.  

At Northeastern University, Dr. Simion studied public policy and political leadership with Professor Michael S. Dukakis, the former Governor of Massachusetts, and the 1988 Democratic Party Nominee for President of the United States. Also at Northeastern, Governor Dukakis was Dr. Simion's academic advisor, and PhD dissertation committee member.

Prior to immigrating to the United States in 1995, Dr. Simion completed six years of intensive theological education in Orthodox theology at the Theological Seminaries of Craiova and Bucharest, as well as at the University of Bucharest Faculty of Orthodox Theology. While in Bucharest, he also studied music theory and Byzantine musicology at the National Academy of Music. He studied bel canto privately with the renowned Romanian tenor, Corneliu Fanateanu, then was hired as a professional baritone in the Choir of the Opera Nationala Bucuresti.

Trained both as an Orthodox theologian and as a political scientist, in the United States, Dr. Simion focuses his research on international security, comparative politics, political theology, religious phenomenology, and collective violence, with a special focus on Eastern and Oriental Christianity. In 2008 he founded The Institute for Peace Studies in Eastern Christianity (IPSEC) for the purpose of advancing research and curricula development for peace studies. He is the founding editor of the BTI Magazine, and a member of the Editorial Board of Studii Teologice, the top-ranked theological journal of the Schools of Theology under the Romanian Patriarchate.  

Dr. Simion is the author of the Double-Competition Theory in conflict resolution.

His latest publications include the following:

Religion and Public Policy: Human Rights, Conflict, and Ethics (contributor & co-editor with Sumner B. Twiss and Rodney L. Petersen) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. (forthcoming in the Fall)  
• "Health and Religion" in "The Future of the Atlantic and the Role of Africa in International Development" (USA Club of Rome Report 2014) edited by Francesco Stipo. pp. 162-169 in CADMUS (peer-reviewed journal of the World Academy of Art and Science)Volume 2, Issue. 3, October 2014 (Dr. Simion served as Chairman of the Health & Religion Committee of the US Association for the Club of Rome.)
• "Religion, and Health" (co-author with James Gray), in "The Future of the Pacific and Its Relevance for Geo-economic Interests" (USA Club of Rome Report 2013) edited by Francesco Stipo. pp. 42-53 in ERUDITIO E-Journal of the World Academy of Art and Science, Volume 1, Issue. 3, September 2013 (Dr. Simion served as Chairman of the Health & Religion Committee of the US Association for the Club of Rome.)
• "Religion, Population, and Health" section co-author with Ryan Jackson, Jim Gray, Andrew Oerke in "The Future of the Arctic: A Key to Global Sustainability" (USA Club of Rome Report 2012) edited by Francesco Stipo. pp. 42-52 in CADMUS Volume 1, No. 5, October 2012 (CADMUS is published by World Academy of Art and Science)
Just Peace: Orthodox Perspectives (co-editor & co-author) WCC Publications: Geneva, 2012;
Religion and Political Conflict: From Dialectics to Cross-Domain Charting (author, Preface by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and contributions from Professor David Little and Ambassador Mihnea Motoc), Presses internationales polytechnique: Montreal, 2011;
Overcoming Violence: Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding (co-editor & co-author) Boston Theological Institute: Newton Centre, MA, 2010);
Tracing Contours: Reflections on World Mission and Christianity (co-editor & co-author) Boston Theological Institute: Newton Centre, MA, 2010)

Dr. Simion is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Political Science Association, and of several think-tanks including The Club of Rome (USA), Oxford Round Table, and others.

Media Expertise
Dr. Marian Gh. Simion welcomes media inquiries on the following subjects:

Cold War Politics 
Pan-Slavism and Eastern European history, culture and religion 
Orthodox Christianity
Nationalism and Identity Politics in Eastern Europe
Political Violence and Religion 
Ecumenical Affairs and Interreligious Dialogue 
Terrorism, International Security and Religion 
Global Politics and Religion


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