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Joshua Mitchell

Professor, Political Philosophy


Dr. Joshua Mitchell teaches Political Philosophy in the TFAS Prague program in Prague, Czech Republic.

Mitchell is a professor of political theory at Georgetown University. He has been chairman of the government department and also associate dean of faculty affairs at SFS-Q. During the 2008–2010 academic years, Mitchell took leave from Georgetown University and was 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 and Political Theory. 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. Mitchell’s book, “Plato’s Fable: On the Moral Condition in Shadowy Times,” was published by Princeton University Press in 2006, and “Tocqueville in Arabia: Dilemmas of the Democratic Age,” was published by The University of Chicago Press in 2013. He is currently working on a book-length manuscript entitled, “Reinhold Niebuhr and the Politics of Hope.”

In addition to teaching at Georgetown University, Mitchell is an avid conservationist, working to restore his small forest on the Eastern Shore of the State of Maryland and working to develop the next generation of solar-electric sailboats.