Philip Bobbitt ’71 receives honorary British knighthood

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021

In what is believed to be a first for the Department of Philosophy, alumnus Philip Bobbitt (Class of 1971) has been named an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.  Bobbitt was awarded his knighthood for “services to UK/US relations and public life.”

Widely known in the United Kingdom for his work on international security and constitutional law, Bobbitt is the author of 10 books, a devoted public servant who has served the U.S. government during seven administrations – both Democratic and Republican – and is currently the Herbert Wechsler Professor of Federal Jurisprudence at Columbia University, Director of the Center on National Security at the Columbia Law School and Distinguished Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas in Austin.

According to friend Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values, “Philip is a proud graduate of the Princeton philosophy department to which he claims he owes his life’s success.”

Our congratulations to Professor Bobbitt! The Department of Philosophy is proud to have provided the foundation for such a wonderfully productive and successful life of service.

Read the full announcement from the British Consulate-General in New York on the LBJ Presidential Library website.  (LBJ was Philip Bobbitt’s uncle.)