Thomas F Banchoff


Vice President for Global Engagement, Berkley Center Director, and Professor in Government and SFS


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Thomas Banchoff is Vice President for Global Engagement at Georgetown University. He also serves as founding director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and as Professor in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service.

Banchoff's scholarship centers on ethical and religious issues in world politics. His most recent book is The Jesuits and Globalization: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Challenges, co-edited with Jose Casanova (Georgetown University Press, 2016). His other publications include Embryo Politics: Ethics and Policy in Atlantic Democracies (Cornell University Press, 2011), Religion and the Global Politics of Human Rights, co-edited with Robert Wuthnow (Oxford University Press, 2011), and, as editor, Religious Pluralism, Globalization, and World Politics (Oxford University Press, 2008), and Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism (Oxford University Press, 2007).

Two of Banchoff's previous books explored the intersection of history, institutions, and values in European politics: The German Problem Transformed: Institutions, Politics, and Foreign Policy, 1945-1995 (University of Michigan Press, 1999) and Legitimacy and the European Union: The Contested Polity, co-edited with Mitchell Smith (Routledge, 1999).

Banchoff received his BA from Yale (summa cum laude) in 1986, an MA from the University of Bonn in 1988, and a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton in 1993. He was a Conant fellow at Harvard's Center for European Studies in 1997-98 and a Humboldt Fellow at the University of Bonn in 2000-01. Banchoff was awarded the DAAD Award for Distinguished Scholarship in German studies in 2003.