Daniel Philpott is Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Major themes in Philpott's work include reconciliation in global politics, religious freedom, the role of the Catholic Church in global politics, and sovereignty and the justice of self-determination. 

He has held fellowships at Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Virginia, the Erasmus Institute at Notre Dame, the Hertie School of Governance, and the Wissenschaftzentrum Berlin, with the latter two on a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Thematic Interests

Religion and global politics; transitional justice; reconciliation; ethics and international relations

Current Research

Religious freedom and Islam; forgiveness in politics.


Revolutions in Sovereignty: How Ideas Shaped Modern International Relations (Princeton University Press, 2001)

Journal Articles

“The Justice of Forgiveness,” Journal of Religious Ethics 41, 3 (2013)
“An Ethic of Political Reconciliation,” Ethics and International Affairs 23, 4 (Winter 2009)
“Explaining the Political Ambivalence of Religion,” American Political Science Review, 101, 3 (August 2007)
Other Accomplishments & Recognitions

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