Photo: David Elmes, Harvard University

Photo: David Elmes, Harvard University


It is my pleasure to have you on my personal website! I am an affiliate professor with the FDR Foundation’s "In Defense of Democracy"-Program at Adams House, at Harvard University College and a Fellow at the Center for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge, UK. Further I serve as a senior fellow to the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

In the academic year 2017-2018, I am a visiting scholar to National Taiwan University and to City University of Hong Kong.

I work on narratives of identity, the future of the liberal world order, politics and religion, secularism, pluralism and cosmopolitanism. Believing that academic work should not only be dealt with from an ivory tower, I write essays and op-eds concerning my topics for international publications such as The New York Times and Neue Zürcher Zeitung. I also publish my own personal online-magazine

This website aims to inform you about my academic and journalistic work. You can also book speeches, keynotes, and lectures through this platform and dive into my latest editorials and interviews.

Many thanks for your interest.


Alexander Görlach



Founder of Save Liberal Democracy is an online-magazine, launched at the end of 2016 featuring a series of interviews touching on the mechanics of what makes for a liberal democracy. The magazine aims to combate the populists in today's political arena. SLD has contributions from, amongst others, Noam Chomsky, Niall Ferguson, Francis Fukuyama, Steven Pinker, Danielle Allen and Vint Cerf.

Senior Fellow Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

Alex, who is a Senior Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, was interviewed by Stephany Sy in the Council's series "Ethics Matter" about the threats to liberal democracy nowadays and how to combat populists.


Author for the New York Times

In September 2016 Alex became an op-ed contributor to the The New York Times, where he comments on developments in contemporary Europe. The op-ed "Germany's War over a Word" reflects on the Abendland (Occident) as a slogan for Europe's far right to demonize Muslims and refugees. In "Why Islam Gets Second-Class-Status," he discusses the legal framework of non-Christian religions in Europe.


TEDx Talk on how to save liberal democracy

In his TEDx Talk "How we save liberal democracy," from July 2017, Alex lays out how populists and autocrats of our time deploy their divisive rhetoric and unleash despising policymaking in order to destroy the liberal democratic order. He also shows ways how we could tackle their wrongdoing and prevent them from prevailing.