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Alan Wolfe -- is a professor of political science at Boston College, where he's also the director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life. His teaching interests include political and social theory, religion and liberal democracy, and American society and politics
Professor Wolfe's last book -- The Future Of Liberalism -- was released by Knopf in 2009. His previous books include: Does American Democracy Still Work? (Yale University Press, 2006); Return to Greatness: How America Lost Its Sense of Purpose and What it Needs to Do to Recover It (Princeton University Press, 2005); The Transformation of American Religion (Free Press, 2003); and An Intellectual in Public (University of Michigan Press, 2003). He's also the author or editor of many other books, including One Nation, After All (1998); and Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in a World of Choice (2001) Both One Nation, After All and Moral Freedom were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year.
A contributing editor to The New Republic, The Wilson Quarterly, Commonwealth Magazine, and In Character, Professor Wolfe has also written pieces for The New York Times, Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, Commonweal, and other magazines and newspapers.
He served as an advisor to President Clinton in preparation for his 1995 State of the Union address and has lectured widely at American and European universities.
Professor Wolfe currently chairs a task force of the American Political Science Association on "Religion and Democracy in the United States." He serves on the advisory boards of Humanity in Action and the Future of American Democracy Foundation and on the president’s advisory board of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. He is also a Senior Fellow with the World Policy Institute at the New School University in New York. In the fall of 2004, Professor Wolfe was the George H. W. Bush Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.
Prior to his post at Boston College, he taught at Boston University, the New School of Social Research, and City University of New York.
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