The Pennsylvania State University
Email Roger Finke
Roger Finke Vitae
Several of his current research projects are looking at cross-national variation in religious regulation, persecution, and violence. He remains interested and involved in studying religious organizations and the diverse religious market in America . He also serves as the director of the Association of Religion Data Archives (www.TheARDA.com).
Faculty Fellow, Ancient Biblical Texts
Email Jeffrey Fish
Dr. Fish’s main specialties are papyrology, Epicureanism, and ancient Homeric criticism. He is currently editing “On the Good King According to Homer,” a papyrus on kingship written by the philosopher Philodemus. Dr. Fish received a grant for the 2001-2 school year from the National Endowment for the Humanities which he used to research Philodemus and the Herculaneum papyrus finds. He teaches Latin and Greek as well as the University Scholar Great Texts courses. Dr. Fish plays classical guitar and enjoys Celtic music.
Distinguished Senior Fellow
Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario CA
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Paul Freston Vitae
Paul Freston is Professor and CIGI Chair in Religion and Politics in Global Context at Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Freston joined Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) in the summer of 2008 as a Distinguished Senior Fellow. Freston taught Sociology at Calvin College, where he held the Byker Chair. Freston has been affiliated with the Federal University of São Carlos in Brazil, where he has lived for much of the last 30 years, and is still a professor colaborador on their post-graduate program in sociology.
Born in England and educated at Cambridge University, Freston also has a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Liverpool and a Master’s degree in Christian Studies from Regent College in Vancouver. He earned a Doctorate in Sociology at the University of Campinas in Brazil. His research specialties are in the Sociology of religion, politics and globalization.
Email Paul Froese
Dr. Paul Froese is a professor of sociology and a research fellow for the Institute for Studies of Religion. He has been teaching and researching at Baylor since 2002. A prolific author of books and articles, his research interests include the sociology of religion, comparative historical sociology, political sociology and ideology. His latest book is, America’s Four Gods: What We Say about God–and What That Says about Us.