Award-winning author Jordan Denari Duffner is a leading Catholic voice on Muslim-Christian relations, interreligious dialogue, and anti-Muslim prejudice.
Currently pursuing a PhD in Theological and Religious Studies at Georgetown University, Jordan is also an associate of the Bridge Initiative, where she previously worked as a research fellow studying Islamophobia.
Jordan’s first book, Finding Jesus among Muslims: How Loving Islam Makes Me a Better Catholic, was named among the top Catholic books of 2018 by the Association of Catholic Publishers. It won Second Place in the ‘General Interest’ category of the 2018 “Excellence in Publishing Awards” held by the Association of Catholic Publishers.
In addition to Finding Jesus among Muslims, Jordan also authored an essay for A Pope Francis Lexicon, an anthology about Pope Francis and the words he uses. 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 forthcoming book on Islamophobia is slated for publication in 2020.
Jordan’s writing on Islam and Catholicism has appeared in numerous outlets including TIME, The Washington Post, and America. A frequent media commentator, Jordan has been appeared on news programs on BBC, Al-Jazeera, and local public radio stations. Often consulting with journalists, Jordan has given numerous talks on Islamophobia and interfaith dialogue to diverse audiences.
Jordan completed her bachelors degree at Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and is a former Fulbright researcher 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, Chris.
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