Michael Novak has published more than 25 books that concern the philosophy and theology of culture since the 1960s, when he began his teaching career at Harvard University. He then served as assistant professor of humanities at Stanford University from 1965 to 1968. At Stanford he was voted one of the "most influential professors" two out of his three years in residence. He later taught at Syracuse University and the University of Notre Dame before joining the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research as a Resident Scholar in 1978.
Novak then began his political career serving as White House Adviser for the Office of Ethnic Affairs, an office he campaigned to create under the Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter administrations. Since, Novak has been appointed and served as Ambassador of the U.S. Delegation to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva and Head of the U.S. Delegation to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe. Novak also has been a member of the board for International Broadcasting and the Presidential Task Force on Project Economic Justice.
He recieved the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion and the Boyer Award along with the International Prize by the Institution for World Capitalism. His most coveted work, "The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism", has also won the Antony Fisher Prize, which was presented by Margaret Thatcher.