Before coming to Boston University in 1991, Charles Griswold taught at Howard University (where he served for several years as Acting Chairman of the philosophy department). He has held visiting appointments at the Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (May 2004, as Professeur invité), Yale University (1996, as Olmsted Visiting Professor) and Georgetown University. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Ancient Philosophy, Theoria, and the International Journal of the Classical Tradition, and was a member of the Advisory Council of B.U.'s Institute on Race and Social Division until the Institute closed in 2004. In 1995, he won the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Honors Program of the College of Arts and Sciences.
With the support of a senior Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, Griswold will be on research leave during the 2009/10 academic year, writing a book tentatively entitled Self and Other: Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Adam Smith on Freedom, Authenticity, Sympathy, and Narrative.
With the support of a Fellowship from the Stanford Humanities Center for the 2004/05 academic year, he began work on a study of perfectionist philosophical theories, and the problem of reconciliation with a non-ideal moral and political world. The first book to result examines the nature of forgiveness (including its relation to pardon, mercy, clemency, apology, pity), of sympathy (including its relation to empathy and compassion), and their political dimension (with reference to several of the "Truth and Reconciliation Commissions," for example). This book was published in August of 2007 by Cambridge University Press in paperback and hardback.