Villanova professor Daniel Mark named to religious freedom commission


Villanova professor named to commission

Daniel I.Mark

VILLANOVA A Villanova University political science professor has been appointed to the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom, the school announced.

Daniel I. Mark, from Merion Station, teaches political theory, philosophy of law, American government, and politics and religion in Villanova's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is also on the faculty of the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the study of Free Institutions and the Public Good and an assistant editor of Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy.

In a statement, House Speaker John Boehner said, "Daniel is a young, inspiring teacher and a meticulous academic. He is an emerging thought-leader who has spoken extensively about religious freedom in the U.S. and abroad."

The USCIRF monitors the right to freedom of religion or belief abroad and makes recommendations to the president, secretary of state, and Congress. Mark said he was "honored to have been selected by Speaker Boehner to join the commission in its very important work promoting religious freedom around the world." Mark fills the seat vacated by Elliott Abrams, a lawyer and foreign policy expert in the Reagan and George W. Bush administrations.

- Mari A. Schaefer