VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University assistant professor of Political Science Daniel Mark, PhD, has been elected chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. Dr. Mark previously served as vice chairman of USCIRF, first appointed in May 2014 by then-Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and reappointed in May 2016 by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI).
“I am greatly honored by the confidence shown in me by my fellow commissioners,” said Dr. Mark. “The coming year will bring us great challenges to freedom of religion abroad. I look forward to augmenting USCIRF’s role and voice in monitoring violations and recommending ways U.S. policy can play an even stronger role.”
An assistant professor of political science at Villanova, Dr. Mark teaches political theory, philosophy of law, and politics and religion, and holds the rank of battalion professor for the University’s Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps unit. He is a faculty associate of the University’s Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good and a member of the Villanova Political Theory Project steering committee.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission, the first of its kind in the world. USCIRF reviews the facts and circumstances of religious freedom violations and makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and the Congressional leadership of both political parties. Click here to learn more about USCIRF.
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