Each year since 1999 the Greenberg Center has named as Greenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow an accomplished scholar, religious leader or public figure who has made a significant contribution to public understanding of religion in public life. The Greenberg Visiting Fellow spends a week on campus meeting students and faculty, participating in the life of the Center and delivers talk to the campus community.
Each year, the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life selects a leading scholar to spend a week on campus engaging with faculty, students, and members of the community in a variety of settings.
2020 Roger Gottlieb is professor of philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic University and a leading scholar on the spiritual response to our environmental crisis.
2019 Frances Fitzgerald, is a writer on the New Yorker
2018 Shaun Casey is director of the Berkley Center and a professor of the practice in Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service
2017 Marc Stern is chief legal officer at the American Jewish Committee
2016 Jonathan Sarna, is University Professor, Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University
2015 David Hollinger is Preston Hotchkiss Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley.
2014 Mark Massa, S.J. is professor of theology and director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College.
2013 Laurie Maffly-Kipp is the Archer Alexander Distinguished Professor at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University
2012 Robert Orsi ‘75, is the Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies in the Religion Department at Northwestern University
2011 Sarah Barringer Gordon is the Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania Law School
2010 Grant Wacker is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Christian History at Duke University Divinity School
2009 Jan Shipps is professor emerita of history and religious studies at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis
2008 Steven Warner is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Illinois, Chicago
2007 Gary Dorrien is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York
2006 Catherine Albanese is professor of religious studies emerita at the University of California, Santa Barbara
2005 Emilio Gentile, is professor of Contemporary History at the University of Rome La Sapienza
2004 John C. Green, is interim president, director of the Roy Bliss C. Bliss Institute for Applied Politics and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Akron
2003 Roy Mottahedeh is Gurney Professor of History, Emeritus at Harvard University
2002 Edward Linenthal is professor of history at Indiana University
2001 Ram Cnaan, is professor of social work and program director of the Program for Religion and Social Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice
2000 Eileen Vartan Barker is professor in sociology emerita at the London School of Economics.
1999 Marc Stern, general counsel of the American Jewish Congress