Eboo Patel

  • Danforth Visiting Scholar
  • Umrath Hall 118
  • (314) 935-9345
  • rap@wustl.edu

Eboo Patel is a leading voice in the movement for interfaith cooperation and the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. He is the author of Acts of Faith (2010), Sacred Ground (2013), and Interfaith Leadership (2016). Named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Patel served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council. He is a regular contributor to the public conversation around religion in America and a frequent speaker on the topic of religious pluralism. For over fifteen years, Patel has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help realize a future where religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.

Patel is a Danforth Visiting Scholar for the spring 2018 semester. He will co-teach a course for the Center on Religion and Politics, “Religion, Politics, and the University” with John Inazu. The team has also organized and will participate in a series of public events sponsored by the Center, “Religion and Politics in an Age of Fracture” to take place in spring 2018 at Washington University in St. Louis.