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Joshua Mitchell

Georgetown University

Joshua Mitchell is currently professor of political theory at Georgetown University. He has been Chairman of the Government Department, and also Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs at the School of Foreign Service in Qatar. During the 2008-10 academic years, Dr. Mitchell took Leave from Georgetown, and was the Acting Chancellor of The American University of Iraq – Sulaimani. His research interest lies in the relationship between political thought and theology in the West. He has published articles in The Review of Politics, The Journal of Politics, The Journal of Religion, APSR, Political Theory, and Critical Review.   In 1993 his book, Not by Reason Alone: Religion, History, and Identity in Early Modern Political Thought, was published by the University of Chicago Press. A second book, The Fragility of Freedom: Tocqueville on Religion, Democracy, and American Future, was published in 1995, also by the University of Chicago Press.  Plato’s Fable: On the Mortal Condition in Shadowy Times, was published by Princeton University Press in 2006. His most recent book, Tocqueville in Arabia: Dilemmas in the Democratic Age, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2013. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled “Reinhold Niebuhr and the Politics of Hope.”