Thomas Farr

Thomas F. Farr is an associate professor of the practice of religion and world affairs at Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and director of the Religious Freedom Research Project at the Berkley Center, where he is a senior fellow. He is also president of the Religious Freedom Institute, an NGO committed to achieving worldwide acceptance of religious liberty. From 2011 to 2016 he was director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center. Farr is a senior fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion and at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey. After a distinguished career in the U.S. Army and the Foreign Service—which included teaching at West Point and the Air Force Academy, serving as an advisor during U.S.-Soviet arms control talks in Geneva, and leading an interagency task force on verification provisions for the START II Treaty—Farr served as the first director of the U.S. State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom from 1999 to 2003. He also directed the Witherspoon Institute's International Religious Freedom (IRF) Task Force, was a member of the Chicago World Affairs Council’s Task Force on Religion and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy, and served on the secretary of state’s IRF working group.


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