alessia passarelli

Alessia Passarelli (born in 1979) graduated cum laude at Rome University “La Sapienza” in Cultural Anthropology researching Romanian Roma people in Rome (2004). From 2005 until 2008 she worked for the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) as project and research assistant on migration, integration and role of religion for migrants.

In October 2008 she started her doctoral studies at the Department of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin on a research project on “Theories and practices of integration among Protestant churches in Ireland and Italy” (supervised by Dr. Ronit Lentin and Prof. Daniel Faas). She was awarded a postgraduate scholarship by the Irish Research Council. While at Trinity she was member of the Institute for Integration and Intercultural Studies (IIIS) and she also continued to work as consultant on other research project.  She was the teaching assistance in European Societies and Introduction to Sociology (undergraduate courses). She submitted her thesis in April 2014 and successfully defended in September 2014.

Since 2008 she has been collaborating with the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI) as researcher and as member of the Commission on Study – Dialogue and Integration. In 2019 she has been nominated as moderator of the section “Integration” of the above mentioned Commission. She also collaborates with Confronti Study Center as senior researcher.

From 2017 until 2018 she worked for the Observatory for Religious Pluralism – GRISS (project funded by Emilia-Romagna Region in cooperation with Bologna University) researching Protestant Churches in the Region.

Since June 2019 she is research fellow at the Foundation for Religious Sciences “John XXIII” in Bologna (Fscire) working on the “Atlas on Religious or Belief Minorities. Rights and Claims”.


Naso, P. and Passarelli (2019), I giovani evangelici e l’immigrazione. Una generazione interculturale, Carocci: Roma.

Naso, P., Passarelli, A e Paravati C. (2019), Granelli di Senape. Una fotografia delle delle chiese metodiste e valdesi in Italia, Claudiana: Torino.

Passarelli, A. (2018) ‘L’appartenenza religiosa dei giovani immigrati’ in Dossier Statistico Immigrazione 2018, Idos/Confronti.

Passarelli, A. (2017) ‘Immigrazione ed Integrazione nelle chiese protestanti in Italia ed in Irlanda: modelli di «essere chiesa insieme» a confronto’ in A. Annese (ed), Protestantesimo e sfide della contemporaneità. Percorsi inediti di scienze delle religioni’, collana “Quaderni di Studi e Materiali di Storia delle Religioni, 17, Morcellania: Brescia, pp. 58-77.

Passarelli, A. (2016) ‘Evangelici’ in Dossier Statistico Immigrazione 2016, Idos/Confronti.

Jackson D. and Passarelli A. (eds) (2015) Mapping Migration, Mapping Churches’ responses. Belonging, Community and Integration. CCME.

Naso P., Passarelli A. and Pispisa T. (eds) (2014) Sorelle e fratelli di Jerry Masslo. L’immigrazione evangelica in Italia, Claudiana, Torino.

Passarelli A. (2013) ‘Dalle politiche alle pratiche d’integrazione: modelli di essere chiesa insieme a confronto’ in P. Schellenbaum and L. Tomassone (eds) Protestantesimo (3-4)

Passarelli A. (2012) ‘Chiese etniche e multietniche al di là delle definizioni’ in P. Naso and B. Salvarani (eds) (2012) Il muro di vetro 2, EMI, Bologna.

Passarelli A. (2012) ‘Beyond welcoming the strangers: Migrant integration processes among Protestant churches in Ireland’ in R. Lentin and E. Moreo (eds) Integration from below: Migrant-led activism in the Republic of Ireland, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Passarelli A. (2011) ‘Between past and future: Reflections on how migration has been taken into account by the Protestant churches in Italy and how this has affected their ecclesiological self-understanding’ in J. Salminen (ed) Vieraanvaraisuus ja muukalaisuus (269)

Passarelli A. (2010) ‘Integration, Migration and Religion: responses of the Church of Ireland’ in Translocations 6(2)

Passarelli A. (2010) Insights into migrants’ experiences in active participation in churches in Europe, CCME: Brussels

Jackson D. and Passarelli A. (eds) (2008) Mapping Migration, Mapping Churches’ Responses, CCME, Brussels.