Massimo Faggioli studied in Ferrara, Bologna, Tuebingen, and Turin, where he got his PhD in 2002. He taught at the University of Bologna, at the Free University of Bolzano and at the University of Modena-Reggio Emilia.
He is Associate professor in the theology department and director of the Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN), and lives with his family in the Twin Cities.
His primary specialization is history of Christianity and Council Vatican II, religion and politics, and European history. Among his publications:
- Pope Francis. Tradition in Transition (Paulist Press, 2015).
- The Legacy of Vatican II, eds. Massimo Faggioli and Andrea Vicini (Paulist Press, 2015).
- A Council for the Global Church. Receiving Vatican II in History (Fortress Press, 2015).
- Sorting Out Catholicism. A Brief History of the New Ecclesial Movements (Liturgical Press, 2014).
- John XXIII. The Medicine of Mercy (Liturgical Press, 2014).
- Papa Francesco e la chiesa-mondo (Armando: Rome, 2014; English transl. forthcoming by Paulist Press).
- True Reform: Liturgy and Ecclesiology in Sacrosanctum Concilium (Liturgical Press, 2012: Italian translation 2013).
- Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning (Paulist, 2012; Italian and Portuguese translations, 2013).
- Historia y evolución de los movimientos católicos. De León XIII a Benedicto XVI, Madrid: PPC Editorial, 2011.
- Breve storia dei movimenti cattolici [Brief History of the Catholic Movements], Rome: Carocci, 2008
- Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli - Giovanni XXIII, Tener da conto: Le agende di Bulgaria (1925-1934) [Taking Care: The Private Journals of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli in Bulgaria, 1925-1934], ed. Massimo Faggioli, Bologna: Fondazione per le scienze religiose, 2008.
- Il vescovo e il concilio: Modello episcopale e aggiornamento al Vaticano II [The Bishop and the Council: Episcopal Model and Aggiornamento at Vatican II], Bologna: Il Mulino, 2005.