Dr. John DiIulio

Dr. John DiIulio is the Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society at the University of Pennsylvania. He directs Penn’s Fox Leadership Program for undergraduates, and also its religion research program. He grew up in Philadelphia and was the first member of his family to attend college. He majored in Economics at Penn and received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University. After teaching at Harvard, he spent thirteen years at Princeton University as a professor of politics and public policy. .

Outside academic life, he has developed programs to mentor the children of prisoners, provide literacy training in low-income communities, reduce homicides in high-crime police districts, and support inner-city Catholic schools that serve low-income children. He has been a research center director at the Brookings Institution, the Manhattan Institute, and Public/Private Ventures. During his academic leave in 2001-2002, he served as first director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.