Daniel Philpott

Daniel Philpott

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Associate Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies

Primary Office: 2160 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574-631-0573
Fax: 574-631-8702

Secondary Office: 313 Hesburgh Center
Phone: 574-631-7667
Fax: 574-631-6973

Email: philpott.1@nd.edu

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Areas of Expertise

  • Religion and global politics
  • Transitional justice
  • Reconciliation
  • Ethics and international relations

Philpott researches how societies address past injustices, seeking to balance truth, justice, reconciliation and stability. He also is collaborating on a major study of global religion and politics, focusing on religion’s impact on the politics of peace and reconciliation. A senior associate at the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, he travels regularly to Kashmir, where he trains leaders in faith-based diplomacy. Philpott is the author of “Revolutions in Sovereignty: How Ideas Shaped Modern International Relations,” which is a historical account of how new ideas about justice and legitimate authority fashioned the global sovereign states system. Reflecting his interests in political theory and ethics and international relations, he has also written on the morality of self-determination and on religious freedom as an end of American foreign policy. He has published articles in World Politics, Ethics, Political Studies, The Journal of International Affairs and The National Interest.


Reconciliation in Politics? On The Meaning of Justice in the Wake Of Massive Injustice


Persecution of Christians not confined to Iraq

Recent Nigerian violence indicative of international persecution of Christians

Sentencing of former Congo warlord not enough


Center for Civil and Human Rights co-hosts International Conference on Christian Response to Persecution

Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights awarded grant to study Christian persecution

Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture hosts fourth annual Vita Institute

Daniel Philpott appointed to direct Notre Dame Center for Civil and Human Rights

A festschrift for Pope Benedict from Notre Dame

New book proposes reconciliation as path to lasting peace

A new consideration of human dignity

Scholars explore religion’s role in international relations

New book highlights resurgence of religion in global politics

University Faculty for Life approves Notre Dame chapter

New book advances bold new vision of peacebuilding

Reconciliation focus of workshops in Burundi

Inaugural Wishes

Professor edits book on impact of religion on transitional societies

Iraq’s future lies in secrets of its skeletons


The Washington Post — Pope and Russian Orthodox leader to hold historic encounter in Cuba

CRUX — Christian leaders call for unity in response to persecution

NY Daily News — A Catholic model for Muslim awakening: Look to the Second Vatican Council, which drew on Church doctrine to embrace religious freedom

The New York Times — Is This the End of Christianity in the Middle East?

The Washington Post — Are Muslim countries really unreceptive to religious freedom?

Catholic News Service — Catholics in Congress: What makes them eager to serve — and electable?

America Magazine — Modern Martyrs

Christian Science Monitor — The dangers of secularism in the Middle East