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Byron R. Johnson

Director, Institute for Studies of Religion
Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences
Baylor University

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Byron Johnson is Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor University and the founding director of the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR). He is recognized as a leading authority on the scientific study of religion, the efficacy of faith-based organizations, and criminal justice. He is a Faculty Scholar in the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health (Duke University), Senior Fellow with the Witherspoon Institute (Princeton), Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute (Indianapolis), and serves as a Senior Advisor at the Religious Freedom Institute (Washington, DC).  Before joining the faculty at Baylor University, Johnson directed research centers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Johnson is a former member of the Coordinating Council for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (Presidential Appointment).  He has been the principal investigator on grants from private foundations as well as the Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, and the United States Institute for Peace. Johnson is the director of ISR’s Program on Prosocial Behavior, which examines the ways in which religion impacts key behaviors like volunteerism, generosity, and purpose.

Furthermore, he is the author of more than 200 journal articles, monographs, or books.  Recent publications have examined the impact of faith-based programs on offender treatment, drug addiction, recidivism reduction and prisoner reentry, subjects he explores in his book, More God, Less Crime (2011). These topics are also addressed in his two most recent books, The Angola Prison Seminary (2016), which evaluates the influence of a Bible College and inmate-led congregations on prisoners serving life sentences; and The Quest for Purpose (2017), which examines the link between religion and finding purpose and meaning, and how these two factors relate to academic integrity. He is currently working with the Gallup Organization to design empirical studies exploring religion and spirituality in the world. Johnson is an active member of his community, and was the 2013 Lone Star Big Brother of the year for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Texas.