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Thomas FarrThomas F. Farr is Director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and a Visiting Associate Professor of Religion and International Affairs at Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. After a distinguished career in the US Army and the Foreign Service, Farr served as the first director of the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom from 1999-2003. In that role, he engaged religious communities, government officials, and survivors of religious persecution.

The former American diplomat is a leading authority on international religious freedom as evident in his publications, which include “Diplomacy in an Age of Faith” in Foreign Affairs (March/April 2008), and World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Liberty is Vital to American National Security (Oxford University Press, 2008), and “International Religious Freedom and American National Security in the 21st Century” (Drake Law Review).

He has testified and presented on religious freedom policy before the U.S. Congress, Department of State, as well as several think tanks and universities.

Farr received his BA in history from Mercer University, and his Ph.D. in modern British and European history from the University of North Carolina.

To read Tom Farr’s Christian Post explains how the death of Pope Shenouda III may affect Coptic Christians, click here.


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