Gregory Havrilak joined the faculty of Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies in 2008. Before coming to Washington, he was professor of philosophy at the City University and State University of New York, where he taught courses in ancient, medieval and modern philosophy. He holds a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Fordham University.
Among his recent academic interests, Greg specializes in the field of Political Theology.In the fall semester of 2012, he served as visiting professor at the University of Münster, Germany. He conducted a colloquium on religious terrorism in the faculty of Catholic Theology, the largest department of theology in Europe, while doing research on political theology and working in person with Dr. Johann Baptist Metz, retired professor whose writings inspired two generations of scholarship on political theology.
Greg settled in Europe in 1998 to become the Senior Religious Advisor to NATO Airnorth, and to the military attaché at the American Embassy in Paris. When the Kosovo War broke out, he was dispatched to the Balkans to work with Catholic, Islamic and Orthodox leaders and Non-Governmental Agencies in Albania and Kosovo on humanitarian, religious and human rights issues. Among his responsibilities were inspecting refugee camps to ensure Geneva Convention compliance, securing protection of religious/holy sites from destruction, and ministering to Serbian Prisoners of War.
In 2000, he was sent to the Republic of Georgia to address military and government officials on human rights issues, convincing the government to create a chaplaincy program that embraced all major religious bodies. He was also dispatched to Macedonia as religious advisor to the Partnership for Peace Program, building medical clinics and schools, and dialoguing with local religious and government officials.
Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Greg joined the U.S. Conference of Religions for Peace in New York. As a consultant he traveled throughout North America organizing and conducting symposia in major U.S. cities to foster post-9/11 rapprochement between major religious groups, allowing distinct religious communities to peacefully co-exist.
In 2006, he served as a chaplain for the Multi-National Forces in Baghdad, Iraq. During the short Russian-Georgian war in August 2008 Greg worked in Germany as an advisor on political and religious affairs in the Caucasus.