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ISR Distinguished Senior Fellow
University of Exeter
Email Grace Davie
Grace R.C. Davie Vitae
GRACE DAVIE is professor emerita in the Sociology of Religion in the University of Exeter. She is a past-president of the American Association for the Sociology of Religion (2003) and of the Research Committee 22 (Sociology of Religion) of the International Sociological Association (2002-06). In 2000-01 she was the Kerstin-Hesselgren Professor in the University of Uppsala, where she returned for the 2006-07 academic session and will return again in 2010. In January 2008, she received an honorary degree from Uppsala.
In addition to numerous chapters and articles, she is the author of Religion in Britain since 1945 (Blackwell 1994), Religion in Modern Europe (OUP 2000), Europe: the Exceptional Case (DLT 2002) and The Sociology of Religion (Sage 2007); she co-author of Religious America, Secular Europe (Ashgate 2008), and co-editor of Predicting Religion (Ashgate 2003) and Welfare and Religion in 21st Century Europe (2010).
Visiting Assistant Professor
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Scott Desmond is visiting assistant professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs Indianapolis University -Purdue University. Dr. Desmond has published a number of articles on adolescent religiosity, crime, and delinquency that have appeared in journals such as the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociology of Religion, Sociological Quarterly, Sociological Perspectives, Sociological Spectrum, Teaching Sociology, and the Journal of Criminal Justice Education. He has also co-edited a book, Teaching and Learning in Large Classes. Although his research focuses primarily on adolescent religious development, and how adolescent religiosity influences juvenile delinquency, he also studies how neighborhood characteristics and self control contribute to crime, delinquency, and substance use.
Email Kevin Dougherty
Kevin Dougherty Vitae
Kevin Dougherty is Associate Professor of Sociology. He earned his B.A. in Communication Arts from George Fox University (Newberg, Oregon) and M.S. and PhD degrees in Sociology from Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana). He came to Baylor University in 2005 after three years on the faculty at Calvin College. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of the sociology of religion, statistics and methodology, race and ethnicity, and organizations. Religious organizations, specifically congregations, are his research specialty. His published work examines religious leaders, religious affiliation, and congregational issues of racial composition, participation, growth, and decline.
Non-Resident Senior Fellow
American University School of Public Affairs
Professor, Department of Justice, Law and Society
Email Daniel L. Dreisbach
Daniel L. Dreisbach is a professor of justice, law and society in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C. He received a D.Phil. degree from Oxford University and a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia. Following law school, he served as a judicial clerk for Circuit Judge Robert F. Chapman of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and for two years he practiced public interest law specializing in civil and religious liberties. Professor Dreisbach’s research interests include American constitutional law and history; church-state relations; and the intersection of politics, law, and religion in the American founding era. He has authored or edited eight books, including Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation between Church and State (New York University Press, 2002) and The Sacred Rights of Conscience (Liberty Fund, 2009)(co-editor). He has published numerous book chapters, reviews, and articles in scholarly journals, including American Journal of Legal History, Baylor Law Review, Constitutional Commentary, Emory Law Journal, Politics and Religion, Journal of Church and State, North Carolina Law Review, and William and Mary Quarterly. Professor Dreisbach was the 2008 recipient of American University’s highest faculty award, “Scholar/Teacher of the Year.”
ISR Non-Resident Scholar
Director of Research
Minnesota Department of Corrections
email Grant Duwe
Grant Duwe is the Director of Research and Evaluation for the Minnesota Department of Corrections. He holds a Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Florida State University.
The author of the book “Mass Murder in the United States: A History” (McFarland and Company, Inc.), Dr. Duwe has written more than 20 studies that have been published in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Criminology, Crime & Delinquency, Criminal Justice and Behavior, and Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. He is a member of the editorial board at Criminal Justice Policy Review and is the 2013 recipient of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ Donal MacNamara Outstanding Publication Award for his evaluation of a prison reentry program published in Justice Quarterly. Dr. Duwe has frequently been interviewed for stories on crime and corrections by print and electronic news media, such as Huffington Post, Slate Magazine, and the British Broadcasting Corporation.
His recent research has focused on the development of prediction instruments that assess the risk of first-time and repeat sexual offending for offenders released from prison. In addition, he has developed the Minnesota Screening Tool Assessing Recidivism Risk (MnSTARR), a prediction tool that assesses risk for multiple types of recidivism for male and female prisoners. Dr. Duwe’s recent research has also focused on the importance of social support in reducing recidivism, as evidenced by studies that have examined Circles of Support and Accountability for high-risk sex offenders, prison visitation, and faith-based programming.