Theodore Dedon is a third year Ph.D. student in the Department of Theological and Religious Studies, class of 2020. His research on religious pluralism, religion and conflict, and institutional morality focuses on Eastern Orthodoxy and its relationship with other religions (specifically Islam and Roman Catholicism), religious nationalism (especially in Russia), theologies of spiritual warfare, cultural Christianity or unaffiliated religiosity, and institutional ecumenism. He has a strong interest in countering violent extremism and the possible role religious and theological discourse might have in the field. At the Berkley Center, he is a graduate research assistant doing work for Fr. Drew Christiansen related to topics including the Vatican's position on the United Nations Nuclear Ban Treaty and Catholic-Methodist ecumenical dialogue. Also, he is assisting Jocelyne Cesari on a project regarding the creation of the nation-state, transnationalist ideologies, the competitive dynamics of church and state, as well as religious nationalism. He holds an M.Div from Union Theological Seminary.