Robert P. George Initiative on Faith, Ethics, and Public Policy

In August 2017, Baylor University launched a new initiative on faith, ethics and public policy named for internationally acclaimed scholar Robert P. George, D.Phil., as part of the Baylor in Washington Program.

Prof. George, who is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, holds a courtesy appointment as a Distinguished Senior Fellow within Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR).

As part of this partnership with the Baylor in Washington Program, Prof. George participates in regular events in D.C. and on campus. Additionally, he designs and facilitates week-long academic seminars for young professionals and graduate students focused on issues at the intersection of faith, ethics and public policy, which are hosted in Washington each summer. 


More about Dr. Robert P. George

In addition to his professorship at Princeton, Prof. George is director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He is frequently a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. In addition to his academic service, Prof. George has served as chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He also has served on the President’s Council on Bioethics, as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights and as the U.S. member of UNESCO's World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology. He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award.

Prof. George is author of Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality (Oxford University Press, 1993), In Defense of Natural Law (Oxford University Press, 1999), The Clash of Orthodoxies (ISI, 2001) and Conscience and Its Enemies (ISI, 2013). He is co-author of Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2008), Embryo: A Defense of Human Life (2nd edition, Doubleday, 2011), What Is Marriage? (Encounter, 2012) and Conjugal Union: What Marriage Is (Cambridge University Press, 2014). He is editor of several volumes, including Natural Law Theory: Contemporary Essays (Oxford University Press, 1992), The Autonomy of Law: Essays on Legal Positivism (Oxford University Press, 1996), Natural Law, Liberalism, and Morality (Oxford University Press, 1996) and Great Cases in Constitutional Law (Princeton University Press, 2000).

A graduate of Swarthmore College, George holds M.T.S. and J.D. degrees from Harvard University and the degrees of D.Phil., B.C.L. and D.C.L. from Oxford University. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Swarthmore and received a Frank Knox Fellowship from Harvard for graduate study in law and philosophy at Oxford. He holds 19 honorary degrees, including doctorates of law, letters, ethics, science, divinity, humane letters, civil law, law and moral values, humanities and juridical science.

He is a recipient of the United States Presidential Citizens Medal, the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland, the Bradley Prize for Intellectual and Civic Achievement, the Philip Merrill Award of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, the Paul Bator Award of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy, the Sidney Hook Award of the National Association of Scholars, a Silver Gavel Award of the American Bar Association, the Charles Fried Award of the Harvard Law School Federalist Society, the Irving Kristol Award of the American Enterprise Institute and Princeton University's President's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

George's articles and review essays have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Review of Politics, the Review of Metaphysics and the American Journal of Jurisprudence. He also has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, First Things, Boston Review and the Times Literary Supplement.