John J. DiIulio, Jr. is the Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society at the University of Pennsylvania. He directs Penn's Fox Leadership Program for undergraduates, and also its religion research program. He grew up in Philadelphia and was the first member of his family to attend college. He majored in Economics at Penn and received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University. After teaching at Harvard, he spent thirteen years at Princeton University as a professor of politics and public policy. Over the last quarter-century, he has won several major academic and teaching awards including the 2010 Ira Abrams Memorial Award and the 2010 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has also chaired his academic association's standing committee on professional ethics.
Outside academic life, he has developed programs to mentor the children of prisoners, provide literacy training in low-income communities, reduce homicides in high-crime police districts, and support inner-city Catholic schools that serve low-income children. He has been a research center director at the Brookings Institution, the Manhattan Institute, and Public/Private Ventures. During his academic leave in 2001-2002, he served as first director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
He is the author, co-author, and editor of over a dozen books and several hundred articles. His publications include Bring Back the Bureaucrats (Templeton Press, 2014), Godly Republic: A Centrist Blueprint for America's Faith-Based Future (University of California Press, 2007), and American Government: Institutions and Policies (with James Q. Wilson and Meena Bose; Wadsworth-Cengage, 14th edition, 2014).