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Resident Scholar, Arabic
Email Abjar Bahkou
Abjar Bahkou Vitae
Abjar Bahkou is an adjunct professor of Arabic literature and language at the University of North Texas, Denton and at Baylor University. He received his Ph.D. in 2008 in Islamic Studies from the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies and his Ph.D. in Education in 1998 from Salesian Pontifical University both in Rome, Italy. He is fluent in Arabic, Syriac (Classical Aramaic), English, Italian, French and Hebrew (Biblical). He is the author of numerous publications on Islamic and Christian studies. One of which is the Christian Legend of Monk Bakira
Resident Scholar, History
Email Beth Barr
Beth Allison Barr Vitae
Beth Barr is an Assistant Professor of European Women’s History in the Baylor History department. After receiving her BA in History, minor in Classics, from Baylor University in 1996, she continued her studies in the Medieval History, Religious Studies, and Women’s Studies programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a significant amount of coursework from at Duke. She received both her graduate degrees from UNC-CH: her MA in Medieval History in 1999 and her PhD in Medieval History in 2004. She recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Religion department at Baylor University and is currently the Assistant Professor of European Women’s History in the Baylor History department. She is particularly interested in women and religion in England, 1350-1650, and most of her research revolves around women, priests, and pastoral literature (sermons, clerical handbooks, didactic religious texts) in the late medieval/early modern church.
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, History of Religion
University of Stirling, Scotland
Email David Bebbington
David Bebbington Vitae
David Bebbington took his degrees at the University of Cambridge and joined the Department in 1976. He was promoted to a Personal Chair in 1999. He has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at Baylor University, Texas, in the fall semesters of 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2009. In 2006-07, he was the President of the Ecclesiastical History Society.
His principal research interests are in the history of politics, religion, ideas and society in Britain from the eighteenth to the twentieth century and in the history of the global Evangelical movement. His books include Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s (1989), Victorian Nonconformity (1992), William Ewart Gladstone: Faith and Politics in Victorian Britain (1993), Holiness in Nineteenth-Century England (2000), The Mind of Gladstone: Religion, Homer and Politics (2004) and The Dominance of Evangelicalism: The Age of Spurgeon and Moody (2005). He has edited The Baptists in Scotland (1988), Evangelicalism: Comparative Studies of Popular Protestantism in North America, the British Isles and Beyond, 1700-1990 (1994), Gladstone Centenary Essays (2000), The Gospel in the World: International Baptist Studies (2002), Modern Christianity and Cultural Aspirations (2003), and Nonconformist Texts: Volume 3: The Nineteenth Century (2006). He is at present working on a study of global religious revivals in the Victorian period.
Resident Scholar, Philosophy & Church-State Studies
Email Francis Beckwith
Francis J. Beckwith is Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies at Baylor University, where he is also Fellow and Faculty Associate in the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. Although his appointment is in the department of philosophy, he also teaches courses in political science as well as in the J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies, where he served as its Associate Director from July 2003 until January 2007.
A graduate of Fordham University (Ph.D. and M.A. in philosophy), he also holds the Master of Juridical Studies (M.J.S.) degree from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where he won a CALI Award for Academic Excellence in Reproductive Control Seminar.
His latest books include Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012) Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft (InterVarsity Press, 2010); Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic (Brazos Press, 2009); Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
Resident Scholar, Environmental Studies
Email Susan Bratton
Susan Bratton Vitae
As Chair of Environmental Studies, my major goal is to support our students by organizing an interdisciplinary curriculum with student friendly undergraduate and graduate degree programs. I love teaching, and my favorite courses include Conserving Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management. My present research interests are primarily in environmental ethics, and recent projects have investigated the ethics of commercial fishing and the environmental ethics of Christian art. I am also supervising research involving habitat assessment in local forests and along the shores of Lake Waco. I remain committed to a peaceful and intellectually stimulating synthesis of Christian values and thought with environmental education, and believe the Department of Environmental Studies can set a good example to the rest of the campus in its pursuit of interdisciplinarity in the sciences and social sciences.
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Culture, Politics, and American Life
Arthur C. Brooks became the president of American Enterprise Institute in January 2009. He is the former Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and Whitman School of Management. Brooks earned his PhD in Public Policy Analysis from the Rand Graduate School in 1998, and also holds an MA and BA in economics.
Mr. Brooks has published approximately 100 articles and books on the connections between culture, politics, and economic life in America. He speaks frequently in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, is a contributing editor to Reader’s Digest, and a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal and other publications. His new book, on happiness in America, is Gross National Happiness: Why Happiness Matters for America—and How We Can Get More of It (Basic Books). In 2006 he published Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism (Basic Books), on American charitable giving, which the Wall Street Journal called a “lucidly written, carefully distilled and persuasively cogent work, a tidy time-bomb of a book,” and on which Brooks briefed President George W. Bush and the First Lady in February 2007. In 2008 he also published the textbook Social Entrepreneurship(Prentice-Hall). Currently, he is working on a book called The Virtue of Vice: Why Bad Things Are Good for Us, set for release at the end of 2009. Preceding his work in academia, Mr. Brooks spent 12 years as a professional French hornist, holding positions with the City Orchestra of Barcelona and other ensembles. He is a native of Seattle, Washington, and currently lives in Syracuse, New York, with his wife Ester and their three children.
Faculty Fellow, Ancient Greek Literary Papyri
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Simon Peter Burris, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Classics, joined the department in the Fall of 2005. His primary teaching area is in the Greek language and literature. Previously he served as Visiting Assistant Professor at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he taught Classics and Paideia, Luther’s influential core curriculum.
Dr. Burris earned his Ph.D. in Classical Literature and Philology from Cornell University (2004) with a dissertation titled, “Refrains in Ancient Greek Poetry.” He holds his B.A. in Classics from the University of Texas at Austin (1992).
Dr. Burris’s primary area of research is Greek lyric poetry, particularly the ideology of victory found in the epinician odes of Pindar. He has presented numerous papers on Pindar, Homer, and other classical authors at various conferences including those of the American Philological Association.
In coordination with the Green Scholars Initiative, Dr. Burris also works on ancient Greek literary papyri. His current projects include the editing and interpretation of new fragments of archaic Greek poetry.
Dr. Burris currently serves as Vice President of the Texas Classical Association.