Alexander Görlach

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Alexander Görlach
Görlach, on stage at Tedx Berlin in 2012
Görlach, on stage at Tedx Berlin in 2012
Born (1976-12-28) 28 December 1976 (age 41)
Ludwigshafen, Germany
Occupation Columnist, editor
Nationality German
Genre Opinion, news
Subject Politics, religion

Alexander Görlach (born 28 December 1976) is a German author, academic, journalist and entrepreneur. He is best known as founder and publisher of the debate-magazine The European,[1][2] that he also ran as its editor-in-chief from 2009 until 2016.[3][4][5] Today Alex serves as an In Defense of Democracy Affiliate Professor at the College of Harvard University[6][not in citation given]. Alexander Görlach ist also a Fellow at the Center for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge in England.[7] He holds a PhD in linguistics and one in comparative religion.[8] Alex is a senior fellow to the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Relations[9] and a senior advisor to the Berggruen Institut.[10] He publishes the online-magazine and is, amongst others, an author to the New York Times,[11][12] the Neue Zürcher Zeitung[13][14] and a columnist to the German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Görlach was born as the child of Turkish migrant workers in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Shortly afterwards, he was adopted and raised by a German family.[16][17][18]

After graduating from High School, Görlach received a scholarship from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and subsequently studied Catholic theology and philosophy at University of Mainz, Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome as well as Al-Azhar University in Cairo and the Faculty of Theology in Ankara. He also studied German studies, Political Science and music. He received his PhD in comparative religion from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 2006 and in linguistics, in the field of language and politics, from University of Mainz in 2009.[19]

Görlach held several teaching and lecture assignments, amongst others at Freie Universität Berlin[20] and Harvard University in Massachusetts.[21]

Alexander Görlach is a member of the German Liberal Party (FDP) which he joined, in September 2016, after having been a member of the German Christian Democratic Party (CDU) for ten years.[22]

Professional life[edit]

Görlach has been working and publishing for several German media outlets, such as ZDF, German Television. He has been and is published in several German media outlets such as Die Welt, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit und Focus Magazine. From 2007 to 2009 he was executive editor of the online part of Cicero magazine.[23] Today Alex is focused on international publications: He is an op-ed contributor to the New York Times[24] and to The World Post.[25]

From 2009 until 2016, Görlach has been the editor-in-chief and publisher of the opinion magazine The European,[26] which also publishes selected articles in English.[27] Alexander Görlachs weekly editorial has been published in France,[28] Italy[29] and the US.[30]

In 2011, Görlach published the book "Freiheit oder Anarchie? Wie das Internet unser Leben verändert" together with Björn Böhning.[31] In 2014 his book "Wir wollen euch scheitern sehen. Wie die Häme unser Land zerfrisst" was published.[32]

In fall 2014 Görlach was invited to give lectures as a Kennedy Fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. He lectured about contemporary debates in Germany and their impacts on Europe.[33] In the academic year 2015-2016 Görlach returned to Harvard researching about religious identities and their influence and impact on global politics as Visiting Scholar at the Divinity School.[34] In the academic year 2016-2017 Alex remained at Harvard, returning to the Center for European Studies, where he continues to work on the future of secularism and pluralism.[21]

In October 2017 Alex was appointed an affiliate professor to the College of Harvard University, Adams House, by the F.D. Roosevelt Foundation at Harvard University.[35][6][36][not in citation given] At the College he will be working on questions regarding liberal democracy.[37] Alex was also invited in that academic year to become a fellow at the Center for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge, UK.[38] Also there he will be working on liberal democracy and the concept of the West.[7] Alex will be lecturing in the academic year 2017-2018 at Taiwan National University, City University of Hong Kong and the Graduate School of International Studies at Seoul National University.[39] Alex’ work is on narratives, mostly religious and ideological, how they shape identity and influence policy-making. In this context Alex looks strongly into the narrative of work and its challenges by artificial intelligence and machine learning.[40]

In 2015 Görlach became a Senior Advisor to the Berggruen Institute and its Online-Magazine The World Post.[41]

Alexander served as Guest Director of "The Times and The London Times Cheltenham Literature Festival" in 2015.[42]


  1. ^ Profile on The European:
  2. ^ "The European (2009 magazine)". Wikipedia. 2016-11-17. 
  3. ^ "Alexander Görlach". TheEuropean. 2016-10-06. Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  4. ^ "NEWCONOMY | Factory Berlin". Factory Berlin. 2016-04-28. Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  5. ^ "European-Macher Görlach: "Die Zukunft gehört der Debatte" › Meedia". (in German). Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  6. ^ a b "In Defense of Democracy: Preserving the Post Enlightenment Narrative in the 21st Century". Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  7. ^ a b "Alexander Görlach – CRASSH". Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  8. ^ "Academic". Alexander Görlach. Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  9. ^ "Alexander Görlach | Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs". Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  10. ^ "Berggruen". Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  11. ^ Görlach, Alexander (2016-12-15). "Opinion | Why Islam Gets Second-Class Status in Germany". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  12. ^ Görlach, Alexander (2016-09-27). "Opinion | Germany's Retrograde Record on Gay Rights". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  13. ^ Görlach, Alexander (2017-08-31). "Dialog der Religionen: Dem Islam hilft am Ende nur der Säkularismus | NZZ". Neue Zürcher Zeitung (in German). ISSN 0376-6829. Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  14. ^ Görlach, Alexander (2017-06-01). "Dialog der Religionen: Zeitalter der Identität | NZZ". Neue Zürcher Zeitung (in German). ISSN 0376-6829. Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  15. ^ "Görlachs-Gedanken » Aktuelle News und Exklusiv-Meldungen". Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  16. ^ "I, Firat Kaya". Berlin. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Alexander Görlach - Türkische Herkunft als Nebensache - renk. Magazin". 10 November 2015. 
  18. ^ Alex; Founder, er Goerlach; Editor, Executive; European, The (13 July 2014). "I, Firat Kaya: My Origins Lie Elsewhere". 
  19. ^ Personal Homepage:
  20. ^ "Syllabus". Freie University Berlin. 
  21. ^ a b "Alexander Görlach Visiting Scholar 2016-2017, John F. Kennedy Memorial Policy Fellow 2014-2015". The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard. 20 December 2016. 
  22. ^ "Deswegen war der Wechsel zur FDP überfällig". 
  23. ^ "Dr. Dr. Alexander Görlach". Kress. Berlin. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  24. ^ "Germany's Retrograde Record on Gay Rights". 28 September 2016 – via The New York Times. 
  25. ^ Institute, Alex Gorlach Founding publisher of the European Magazine; Sr Advisor to the Berggruen (26 May 2016). "Austria Is Just the Beginning of a More Polarized World". 
  26. ^ "Alexander Görlach und Team Europe Ventures gründen Online Magazin 'The European". Lukasz Gadowski. Berlin. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  27. ^ Pfanner, Eric (8 May 2011). "European Ventures Seek to Fill a Void in World News". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  28. ^ "Europe's Common Destiny". 
  29. ^ "Perché la Germania teme così tanto François Hollande". 14 March 2012. 
  30. ^ Goerlach, Alexander (15 March 2012). "François Hollande, the 'Avenger'". Huffington Post. 
  31. ^ Interview on Gründerszene:
  32. ^ "Alexander Görlach - Campus Verlag". 
  33. ^ "CES at Harvard – People – Alexander Görlach". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  34. ^ "Visiting Scholars". Retrieved 2015-09-17. 
  35. ^ "Populism in America and Europe 12/4". Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  36. ^ "Home". Alexander Görlach. Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  37. ^ "How the new right-wing party AfD dominates German politics". Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  38. ^ "People – CRASSH". Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  39. ^ "Visiting scholar Dr. Alexander Görlach visited Our Center". 台大東亞民主研究中心 Asian Barometer. Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  40. ^ Görlach, Alexander (2017-02-21). "Martin Rees: We Are Living Through A Political And Scientific Transformation". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  41. ^ "Why the U.S. Should Dedicate a New Statue of Liberty to Europe". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2015-09-17. 
  42. ^ "Cheltenham Literature Festival: Our Guest Directors 2015 - Cheltenham Festivals".