Alexander Görlach (born December 28, 1976) is an author, academic, journalist and entrepreneur. He is a visiting scholar at Harvard University where he researches in the field of politics and religion at both Harvard Divinity School and Center for European Studies. He focusses on (quasi-)religious identities and narratives and their influence into policymaking. Alex holds two PhDs, one in comparative religion, the other one in linguistics. In both works he exams the political and societal consequences of the encounter of Western and Muslim cultures. His studies brought him to Al Azhar University in Cairo, the Faculty of Theology in Ankara and the Pontifical University Gregoriana in Rome. Alex had serval teaching assignments, including at Freie Universität Berlin and Harvard University, where he conducted a series of lectures on debates in Germany and their influence on Europe.
Alexander is further a Senior Advisor to the Berggruen Institute, a think tank based in Los Angeles, where he works mostly in the field of AI and democracy in the digital age. He is an op-ed contributor to The New York Times and The World Post. He is also the publisher of the online-magazine Save Liberal Democracy. In Germany he is a columnist to the German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche and an essayist for ZEIT ONLINE. He is a Young Leader of Atlantik-Brücke the longest-standing German-American network, to the Westerwelle Foundation and to the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt.