Robert P. George receives Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) degree from Oxford University

November 21, 2019

Oxford University has bestowed upon the James Madison Program’s founder and director Robert P. George one of its highest honors: the degree of Doctor of Letters. The degree, known as the D.Litt., was conferred on November 9, 2019 at a formal ceremony in Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre.

The D.Litt. is one of Oxford’s five “higher doctorates,” that is, doctorates above the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. or, in Oxford parlance, D.Phil.). Oxford (where Professor George earned his D.Phil. in philosophy of law) conferred upon him one of those higher doctorates—the Doctor of Civil Law (D.C.L.) degree in 2016. As rare as it is for a scholar to be honored with one of the higher doctorates, Professor George now has the extraordinary distinction of having been awarded two.

In the photograph, Professor George is shown standing in his scarlet gown before the Vice Chancellor and Proctors of Oxford University as the D.Litt. is conferred.