Non-Resident Distinguished Senior Fellow
History of Religion-Latin America
Virginia Commonwealth University
Email R. Andrew Chesnut
R. Andrew Chesnut Vitae
Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut is the Bishop Walter Sullivan Endowed Chair of Catholic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a leading international authority on Christianity in Latin America, especially in Brazil and Mexico. He is the author of two books and many scholarly articles. His first book “Born Again in Brazil: The Pentecostal Boom and the Pathogens of Poverty” (Rutgers University Press, 1997), examines the meteoric growth of Pentecostalism among the popular classes of Brazil.
Non-Resident Scholar, World Politics – International Relations
Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies The University of Michigan
Email William Clark
William Clark Vitae
William Clark’s research explores how political and social institutions can simultaneously be the product of human choice and an important determinant of human behavior. Much of his work has focused on the political control of the macroeconomy in an open economy setting. Specifically, he has examined a) the effect of central bank independence, capital mobility, and fixed exchange rates on monetary and fiscal policy choices made by survival-maximizing incumbents; b) the effect of elections and partisanship on macroeconomic outcomes; and the choice of monetary institutions in a world of mobile capital. He has also done some work on the politics of international trade.
He is currently engaged in work on the effect of electoral laws on the choice of the exchange rate regime, the measurement of international capital mobility, the effect of social heterogeneity and electoral laws on legislative fractionalization, the welfare consequences of democracy and the statistical analysis of asymmetric causal claims. In addition he is in the planning stage of a project on the industrial organization of religious “firms.”
Deputy Director, Gallup World Poll
Email Jon Clifton
Jon Clifton is Deputy Director of the Gallup World Poll, an ongoing global study conducted in 150 countries, representing 98% of the world’s adult population. Clifton directs the overall strategies for the Gallup World Poll and Gallup Daily tracking and has been involved with both since their inception. Most recently, he became a member of Gallup’s Public Release Committee, the group that oversees and maintains Gallup’s public release standards for data, research, and methodology. He also leads Gallup global partnerships that include governments, NGOs, and foundations.
Resident Scholar, Finance, Insurance, & Real Estate
Hankamer School of Business
Email Colene Coldwell
Colene Coldwell is Senior Lecturer in the Finance, Insurance & Real Estate department of the Hankamer School of Business. She led the Baylor Social Entrepreneurship in Africa program, a 16 day summer study abroad program where students visited Kenya, Rwanda or Ghana. The content of the program examines the use of entrepreneurial skills to craft innovative responses to social problems in Africa. In particular, the ability of microlending practices to stimulate economic activity and alleviate poverty will be studied. Her husband, Kendall Artz is the Chair of the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship and is Director of the Baylor Entrepreneurship Program
Carlos Colon’ Vitae
Email Carlos Colón
Carlos Colón is a composer and cultural promoter, specializing in music that is both academically serious and ecclesiastically valuable. His recent projects lie at the intersection of social justice and religious change.
Carlos Colón was born in Chalchuapa, El Salvador. When he was 14, he was forced to leave El Salvador and took refuge in Guatemala City. A resident of the United States since 1986, he holds a B.M. from Belmont University and a M.M. from Baylor University. He became a U.S. citizen in 2001.