Os Guinness is an expert in faith, public policy, and international relations. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of London and a D Phil in social sciences from Oriel College at the University of Oxford.Dr. Guinness was born in China and lived through the Chinese Civil War and the Chinese famine, both of which were influential in his formative years. He left China for England in 1951.
Dr. Guinness has worked as a freelance journalist for the BBC and as a scholar at the Brookings Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Affairs. He has written and edited more than 25 books, including The American Hour (1993), The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life (1998), Invitation to the Classics (1998), Unspeakable: Facing up to Evil in an Age of Genocide and Terror (2005), and The Case for Civility: And Why Our Future Depends on It (2008). He was a drafter of “The Williamsburg Charter,” a bicentennial celebration of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Dr. Guinness’s special focus is on making academic concerns accessible to lay audiences, especially in the field of public policy.