Book reception: Shaun Casey, Chasing the Devil at Foggy Bottom: The Future of Religion in America Diplomacy

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Location: Sterling Divinity Quadrangle

Cost: Free but register in advance
Old Common Room
409 Prospect Street
New Haven CT 06511


The YDS and Yale communities are invited to a reception with Shaun Casey, former U.S. Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs and onetime Director of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs.

The event will celebrate the release of Casey’s new book, Chasing the Devil at Foggy Bottom: The Future of Religion in America Diplomacy (Eerdmans). The event will feature remarks by Casey; Greg Sterling, Dean of Yale Divinity School; and Jim Levinsohn, Dean of the Jackson School of Global Affairs. Refreshments will be served.

The reception will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, in the YDS Old Common Room. Copies of the book will be available. Please RSVP here‚Äč:

Dr. Shaun Casey is a Senior Fellow with the Luce Project on Religion and Its Publics at the University of Virginia and a Pulaski Institution non-resident fellow. He served as Director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Professor of the Practice in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University from 2017 to 2021. Prior to his religious diplomacy work in the federal government, he was a professor of Christian ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and held positions at the Center for American Progress and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Chasing the Devil explores the crucial and complex role that religion plays in global affairs—such as in sustainable development, various human rights issues, and fomenting and mitigating conflict—and the large degree to which effective diplomacy depends on an understanding of global religion. The book features a foreword by former Secretary of State John Kerry.

In his endorsement blurb, Dean Sterling called the book “a compelling argument for the need to take religion seriously in international and domestic diplomacy. It should be read by all who are interested in addressing the major issues confronting humans today.”

The reception is co-sponsored by Yale Divinity School and the Jackson School of Global Affairs.

Open To:

General Public


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Shaun Casey


Yale Divinity School and the Jackson School of Global Affairs


Yale Divinity School
Phone: 203-432-4473