Joshua Mitchell Bio

Joshua Mitchell is currently professor of political theory at Georgetown University. From 2002-05, he was the Chairman of the Government Department. In 2005, he was on the start-team for Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in Doha Qatar, and has taught courses there periodically for the past 14 years. During the 2008-10 academic years, Dr.Mitchell took Leave from Georgetown, and became the Acting Chancellor of The American University of Iraq – Sulaimani (see www.auis.edu.iq).

His research interest lies in the relationship between political thought and theology in the West.In 1993 his book, Not by Reason Alone: Religion, History, and Identity in Early ModernPolitical 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 has recently completed a book manuscript entitled American Awakening: Identity Politics and Other Perils of Our Time. It will be published in 2020.