Alexander Görlach

Harvard University

Alexander Görlach is a linguist and theologian who works on AI and ethics, narratives of identity, politics and religion, and liberal democracy, as well as secularism, pluralism and cosmopolitanism. He is an adviser to the F. D. Roosevelt Foundation’s at Harvard University College, where he also served in the “In Defense of Democracy Program” of the foundation at Adams House as affiliate professor in the academic year 2017-2018. Prior to that he was a visiting scholar and fellow to both Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Center for European Studies (2014-2017).

Alex is senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, a senior adviser to the Berggruen Institute, and a senior research associate at Cambridge University’s Institute on Religion and International Studies, and a honorary professor of ethics and theology at Leuphana University of Lüneburg in Germany. Prior to his current engagement at Cambridge University Alex served as a fellow to the Center for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). In the academic year 2017-2018 he was invited as visiting scholar to universities in Taiwan and Hong Kong. While in East Asia Alex looked into the liberal democracies in the region and how they cope with the rise of China as a geopolitical and technological power.

Alexander is an op-ed contributor to The New York Times and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, among others. He is also the founder of the debate-magazine The European, and served as its editor-in-chief from 2009 until 2015. He is publishing the online initiatives www.saveliberaldemocracy.com and www.conditiohumana.io.