Paul Elie

Paul Elie is a Senior Fellow with the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, the Director of the American Pilgrimage Project, a university partnership with StoryCorps based in the Berkley Center.

Before joining Georgetown he spent fifteen years as a senior editor with Farrar, Straus and Giroux in New York. His work deals primarily with the ways religious ideas are given expression in literature, the arts, music, and culture in the broadest sense. He is the author of two books, "The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage" (2003) and "Reinventing Bach" (2012), and of essays and articles for The Atlantic, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Commonweal, and other periodicals. In the American Pilgrimage Project he is examining the ways religious beliefs inform the experiences of the American people at crucial moments in their lives. Elie also coordinates the Faith & Culture Series, sponsored by the Office of the President.