Michael Novak

Former George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy

Michael Novak, a philosopher, theologian, and author, is the 1994 recipient of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. He has been an emissary to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe. He has written twenty-seven books on the philosophy and theology of culture, especially the essential elements of a free society. His latest book is No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers (Doubleday, 2008).


  • Member, National Endowment for Democracy Board, 2002-present
  • Member, International Broadcasting Board, 1984-94
  • U.S. Ambassador, Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, 1986
  • Member, Presidential Task Force on Project Economic Justice, 1985
  • U.S. Ambassador, United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, 1981, 1982
  • Adviser, Office of Ethnic Affairs, White House, 1974-80
  • Faculty, Harvard University, Stanford University, State University of New York at Old Westbury, Syracuse University (Ledden-Watson Chair), University of Notre Dame (Welch Chair)


M.A., history and philosophy of religion, Harvard University
S.T.B., Gregorian University, Rome
B.A., Stonehill College