Providing Christian college students with formational educational and professional opportunities that propel them to lives of faith and leadership in the public square.
The Initiative on Faith & Public Life is a project of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), one of the world’s leading policy think tanks, based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to provide Christian college students with formational educational and professional opportunities that propel them to lives of faith and leadership in the public square.
We achieve this mission by partnering with an ecumenical community of students, faculty, scholars, and professionals across the country and by sponsoring conferences, on-campus events, and other intensive programming. We also produce a variety of educational resources, including books, essays, videos, and documentaries.
Reflected in all our programs and resources are AEI’s core values: a commitment to democracy and free enterprise, solidarity with those at the margins of our society, and an appreciation for a robust competition of ideas. In that spirit, we foster rigorous, nonpartisan dialogue about a wide range of relevant topics—economics, business, society, culture, politics and public policy, and vocation and calling—from a distinctly Christian perspective.
Through all this work, our initiative exists to equip Christians for faithful, informed engagement in contemporary public life. Explore our website or contact us to learn more and get involved.
Based in Washington, DC, our core team is part of the American Enterprise Institute’s broader Academic Programs department. We plan and coordinate all of the initiative’s programs, with the help of AEI staff and scholars and a network of external partners.
A position that rotates each academic year, our Visiting Professors are partner faculty members who are selected to contribute to the initiative’s work in various ways. Past Visiting
Professors have served as instructors for our Summer Honors Program, given lectures on campuses, written publications, and provided our team with advice and guidance.
Ideas Council Members
Our Ideas Council is a group of mid-career professionals who work in a variety of sectors, but share an interest in the intersection of faith, politics, society, and economics, and are committed to our initiative’s mission of investing in the lives of
college students. Like Visiting Professors, they support our work in various ways: advising and guiding our staff, serving as mentors for students, speaking on campuses, and participating in major conferences. A selection of members are listed below.
Matthew Lee Anderson
Center for the Common Good
Christ the King Presbyterian Church
Author, “Passion & Purpose”
The Philanthropy Roundtable
Anne Marie Hauser
Forge Leadership Network
Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership
Nexus Impact Advisors
Chandler Epp Navarrete
Andrea McDaniel Smith
Chelsea Patterson Sobolik
Ethics and Religious Liberty Commisision; Author, “Longing for Motherhood”
Catholic Education Partners