faculty & staff
Dr. Joseph Loconte
Associate Professor of History
Tenure at King's: Jan. 2009 to Present
Ph.D. History, King's College London
University of London
M.A. Christian History and Theology
Wheaton College, 1999
University of Illinois, 1983
"I am grateful to be part of an academic community that seeks to honor Christ with our hearts and minds in the dynamic crucible of New York City."
Joseph Loconte, PhD, is an Associate Professor of History at The King’s College in New York City, where he teaches courses on Western Civilization, U.S. Foreign Policy, and International Human Rights. He previously served as a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2008, Mr. Loconte was named a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Loconte held the first chair in religion as the William E. Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
Mr. Loconte has been a frequent contributor to print and broadcast media. For 10 years he was a regular commentator on religion and the public square for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. His other media appearances include the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. His commentary has appeared in The New York Times, The Times of London, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The New Republic, The American Interest, National Review, and Books and Culture. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and the London-based Standpoint.
Mr. Loconte is the author of several books, including: A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918 (HarperCollins 2015); God, Locke, and Liberty: The Struggle for Religious Freedom in the West (Lexington Press, 2014); The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt (Thomas Nelson, 2012); and The End of Illusions: Religious Leaders Confront Hitler’s Gathering Storm (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004). Loconte has a master’s degree from Wheaton College and earned his PhD in history at King’s College London, University of London. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he divides his time between New York City and Washington, D.C.