Jeffrey Stout’s work has laid the foundations for the study of the intersections of religion and critical thought with important contributions to ethics, social criticism, political thought, modern theology, film, and theories of religion. Throughout his career, Jeff has played a central role in helping to build a distinctive approach to the study of religion at Princeton, one that has commanded significant influence in the field of religion throughout the United States. A recipient of Princeton’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and Graduate Mentoring Award, Jeff has taught, guided, and shaped the lives of hundreds of students. He came to Princeton as a graduate student in 1972, joined the faculty in 1975 and has remained here since.
Jeff’s many roles at Princeton have included: chair of the Religion Department, assistant coach of men’s soccer, co-sponsor of the faculty Resolution on Divestment in support of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, long time affiliate of the departments of Politics and Philosophy, a founder of the Center for Human Values and the Center for the Study of Religion, chair of Princeton’s Committee for Film Studies and member of the editorial board of Princeton University Press. His major publications include The Flight from Authority (1981), Ethics after Babel (1988), Democracy and Tradition (2004) and Blessed Are the Organized: Grassroots Democracy in America (2010).