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Common Sense Society Names Dr. Joshua Mitchell as Senior Fellow

November 24, 2021

Georgetown University political theory professor joins international educational network as Senior Fellow.

WASHINGTON, D.C.Common Sense Society (CSS) today announced that Dr. Joshua Mitchell is joining as senior fellow. CSS, a leading international educational network, was established in 2009 and now hosts educational initiatives throughout North America and Europe.

Dr. Mitchell currently serves as a professor of political theory at Georgetown University. He has also been chairman of the Government Department and Acting Chancellor of The American University of Iraq – Sulaimani (AUI-S). He has published several books including The Fragility of Freedom: Tocqueville on Religion, Democracy, and the American Future, and American Awakening: Identity Politics and Other Afflictions of Our Time. His areas of interest range from the ancient world to contemporary America and Europe. His thinking has been deeply informed by the nineteenth century writer, Alexis de Tocqueville, who anticipated the problem of loneliness and isolation in the modern world, and who thought that to combat it, families, churches, and other mediating institutions would be needed, along with a commercial spirit aimed at producing well-being.

Dr. Mitchell joins CSS’s distinguished team, including Dr. Aaron Rhodes, senior fellow in Human Rights.

“We are honored to have Dr. Mitchell join our team as a senior fellow,” said Marion Smith, president and C.E.O. of Common Sense Society. “Having joined our Carolina and Europa Fellowships as a faculty member earlier this year, Dr. Mitchell has been an invaluable resource to CSS. He is uniquely equipped to guide the educational and research efforts of CSS due to his extensive knowledge of political theory and in particular Alexis de Tocqueville’s insights about the unique problems of life in our democratic age.”

“I am delighted to join the Common Sense Society,” Dr. Mitchell declared. “Marion and the Common Sense Society understand that the renewal of America and of Europe is going to require a retrieval of the rich heritage of Western political thought, and its application to the challenges we face in the twenty-first century.”

Common Sense Society (CSS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes liberty, prosperity, and beauty through education and public discourse. The educational fellowships, curriculum resources, publications, cultural programs, community initiatives, and national campaigns of CSS illuminate the enduring ideas that have transformed the course of human history for the better. CSS does not accept funding from governments or political parties.


For more information or to set up an interview with Dr. Mitchell, please contact Emily Soper at

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