Thomas F Farr


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Thomas F. Farr

Thomas F. Farr is ssociate Professor of the Practice of Religion and International Affairs at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He directs the Religious Freedom Projectat Georgetown’s Berkley Center, and is a senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J.

A graduate of Mercer University, with a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina, Dr. Farr has served in both the U.S. Army and the American Foreign Service. He has taught history at the U.S. Military Academy and international relations at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He was a State Department advisor during US-Soviet arms control talks in Geneva, and led an interagency task force to draft verification provisions for the START II Treaty.

In 1999 Farr became the first director of the State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom. He has served as director of the Witherspoon Institute's Task Force on International Religious Freedom and a member of the Chicago World Affairs Council’s Task Force on Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy. He is currently a consultant to the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference and a member of the Secretary of State’s working group on International Religious Freedom, Democracy, and Stability.He teaches regularly at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute in Washington DC.

Farr is a contributing editor for the Review of Faith and International Affairs and has published widely on religious freedom and its implications. His work has appeared in many edited volumes, law journals, magazines, and newspapers, including the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, First Things, America Magazine, New York Times, and the Washington Post.Farr has appeared on PBS, America Abroad, Book TV, Al Jazeera, Alhurra, Fox News, EWTN, CBN, and many radio outlets. His first book, World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Liberty is Vital to American National Security, was published by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Farr serves on the Administrative Board of Aid to the Church in Need, the Boards of Directors of the Institute on Religion and Democracy and Christian Solidarity Worldwide-USA, and the Boards of Advisors of the Alexander Hamilton Society and the National Museum of American Religion. He is a recipient of the Jan Karski Wellspring of Freedom Award, presented by the Institute on Religion and Public Policy for contributions to religious freedom.