September 21, 2023
Published in the Tablet, this article by Berkley Center Director Thomas Banchoff discusses the defining theme of Pope Francis' papacy and the heart of synodality—encounter.
Department of Government and Walsh School of Foreign Service, Vice President for Global Engagement
Thomas Banchoff is director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. He also serves as vice president for global engagement at Georgetown University and as professor in the Department of Government and the Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Banchoff's scholarship centers on ethical and religious issues in world politics. His most recent books are The Jesuits and Globalization: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Challenges (Georgetown University Press, 2016), co-edited with José Casanova, and Embryo Politics: Ethics and Policy in Atlantic Democracies (Cornell University Press, 2011). He is also the author of several edited volumes, including Religion and the Global Politics of Human Rights, co-edited with Robert Wuthnow (Oxford University Press, 2011); Religious Pluralism, Globalization, and World Politics (Oxford University Press, 2008); and Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism (Oxford University Press, 2007). Two of Banchoff's previous books explored the intersection of history, institutions, and values in European politics: The German Problem Transformed: Institutions, Politics, and Foreign Policy, 1945-1995 (University of Michigan Press, 1999) and Legitimacy and the European Union: The Contested Polity, co-edited with Mitchell Smith (Routledge, 1999).
Banchoff received his B.A. from Yale University in 1986, an M.A. from the University of Bonn in 1988, and a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton in 1993. He held a James Bryant Conant Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Harvard's Center for European Studies from 1997 to 1998 and was a Humboldt Fellow at the University of Bonn from 2000 to 2001. Banchoff was awarded the DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German studies in 2003.