Alexander Görlach is a senior advisor to the Berggruen Institute and a contributor to its publication, The WorldPost. Alex served in the capacity of a visiting scholar and John F. Kennedy Memorial fellow at Harvard University, to both the Center for European Studies and the Divinity School, in the academic years 2014-2017. From the academic year 2017-2018 on Alex will be an affiliate to the Government Department at Harvard, conducting a project on the concept of Abendland (Occident). Alex holds a PhD in linguistics and in comparative religion. He looks into religious and political-religious narratives, how they create and shape identity and, as a consequence, influence policy making. For this endeavor Alex studied at Gregoriana University in Rome, Al-Azhar University in Cairo and the Faculty of Theology at Ankara University. In the academic year 2017-2018 Alex will continue his journey, exploring the influence of Confucianism on Asian societies, by becoming a visiting scholar to both Taiwan National University in Taipei and Hong Kong City University.
Alex was appointed visiting professor to UNAM University in Mexico City. He lectured and will be lecturing there on current affairs in Europe, especially in regard to European identity and the encounter of the Western with the Muslim world. As a senior fellow to the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs he will look into concepts of the West, their narrative, and the contribution of Latin America to a new, fresh start for defining the identity of the West. As an op-ed contributor to the New York Times he shared his views and ideas with an international audience. In Germany he is a columnist for the business weekly Wirtschaftswoche and an essayist to ZEIT ONLINE and FOCUS Magazine.
Alex is the founder of the debate-magazine The European that he also ran as its editor-in-chief from 2009 until 2015. This magazine was dedicated to international and interdisciplinary debate and discourse, aiming for a millennial, supra-partisan standpoint. Alex' op-eds and essay appeared in media outlets in the US and the UK, Italy, Spain, Greece, France, Denmark and Austria. In 2016 he founded a new media-initiative www.saveliberaldemocracy.com where he, with esteemed figures such as Noam Chomsky, Francis Fukuyama, Niall Ferguson, Steven Pinker and Vint Cerf, discusses the essence and the future of humanist and enlightenment values that are threatened by populist movements throughout the Western World and beyond.
At the Berggruen Institute he has ben contributing to the Institute's work on the transformations through Artificial Intelligence, democracy in the digital age and the encounter between Asian and Western philosophy and culture.