Born in Berlin, Johannes Saal studied Religious Studies and Jewish Studies at University of Potsdam as well as Sociology at Fatih University Istanbul. Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service, he graduated afterwards from the joint-degree M.A. program in “Religion, Economy and Politics” at the Universities of Luzern, Basel and Zurich. During this time he also worked as student assistant for the research project “Religion and Social Integration in Europe. As fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation Johannes Saal currently is doing a PhD in Political Science at University of Luzern and the Naval Postgraduate School. In addition, he is working as freelance head of department for the Interreligious Association in Switzerland. His research interests include collective action, radicalization and recruitment processes in connection to Jihadist terrorism in Europe and the Middle East as well as social capital theory and social network analysis.
- Social Capital Theory
- Social Networks