Eric Gregory, professor of religion, has been appointed chair of the Humanities Council. Gregory is also director of the Program in Humanistic Studies and the Stewart Seminars in Religion.
Eric Gregory joined the faculty in 2001, and was promoted to Professor in 2009. His interests include religious and philosophical ethics, theology, political theory, law and religion, and the role of religion in public life.
As chair of the council, Gregory will promote teaching and research in the humanities, overseeing a wide array of interdisciplinary programs that bring together faculty, students and distinguished visitors from many fields. In addition to leading the 46-member council of department chairs and program directors, he will focus on important policy issues and long-range planning in the humanities, and initiatives.
Gregory has received fellowships from the Erasmus Institute, University of Notre Dame, the Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in 2007 was awarded Princeton’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. He is the author of Politics and the Order of Love: An Augustinian Ethic of Democratic Citizenship (2008), and various articles, including “Before the Original Position: The Neo-Orthodox Theology of the Young John Rawls” (Journal of Religious Ethics), “Augustinians and the New Liberalism” (Augustinian Studies), and ”Religion and Bioethics” (A Companion to Bioethics). He is currently working on a book tentatively titled, What Do We owe Strangers? Globalization and the Good Samaritan, which examines secular and religious perspectives on global justice. A graduate of Harvard College, he earned a M.A. in Philosophy and Diploma in Theology from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University.