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Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Sociology of Religion
London School of Economics & Political Science
David Martin, a sociologist of religion known especially for his critique of secularization as a theory of social process and his pioneering work on Pentecostalism in Latin America, is a professor emeritus of sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), honorary professor of the sociology of religion at Lancaster University, and Ordinary Fellow of the British Academy Fellowship. He is also an ordained priest in the Church of England attached as a non-stipendiary assistant to Guildford Cathedral. A past president of the Science and Religion Forum, the Religion Section of the British Sociological Association, the International Conference for the Sociology of Religion, and the United Kingdom Committee for University Autonomy, he has been a member of the boards of directors of CORAT (Christian Organizations Research and Advisory Trust), St. Catharine’s Royal Foundation, Culham College, the Higher Education Foundation, and the International Council for the Future of the University.
Non-Resident Scholar, History
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
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Wilfred McClay Vitae
Wilfred M. McClay has been SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in Humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he has also been a Professor of History since 1999. He has also taught at Georgetown University, Tulane University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Dallas, and is currently a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, and a member of the Society of Scholars at the James Madison Program of Princeton University. He was appointed in 2002 to the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
ISR Distinguished Senior Fellow, History of Christianity
Email Gerald McDermott – Homepage -Publications
Gerald R. McDermott is the Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion at Roanoke College, where he teaches courses in the history of Christianity and Christian theology of world religions. He has written, co-written or edited twelve books and scores of articles. He is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. His academic research focus has been two-fold: Jonathan Edwards, and Christian understandings of other religions. One of the leading authorities on “America’s theologian,” McDermott has produced five books on Edwards: Understanding Jonathan Edwards (Oxford University Press), Jonathan Edwards Confronts the Gods (Oxford University Press, One Holy and Happy Society: The Public Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Penn State Press), and Seeing God: Jonathan Edwards and Spiritual Discernment (Regent College Press).
Macquarie University, Australia
Email Paul McKechnie
Paul McKechnie Vitae
Paul McKechnie gained degrees from the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford. He taught Classics and Ancient History in the University of Auckland for sixteen years before joining the Centre of Research Excellence in Ancient Cultures (Department of Ancient History) at Macquarie University in 2007.
His principal research interest is in early Christianity from the New Testament period to Constantine. He also studies Ptolemaic Egypt.
Non-Resident Scholar – Health & Spirituality
Vanderbilt University-Center for Biomedical Ethics and Study
Email Keith Meador
Keith G. Meador, MD, ThM, MPH, is Professor and Vice-Chair for Faculty Affairs in Psychiatry and Professor of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University. He also serves in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society and on the Associate Faculty of the Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt. He is the Director of Mental Health and Chaplaincy through the VISN 6 MIRECC as part of a national initiative to foster integration of chaplaincy services into mental health care within the Department of Veterans Affairs. He joined the faculty at Vanderbilt in July of 2010 and previously served as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University where he gave direction to centers in the Medical Center and Divinity School focused on the intersections of religion, theology, and health. He is a physician and board certified psychiatrist with training in geriatric psychiatry, theology, and public health. Dr. Meador is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vanderbilt University and received his medical degree from the University of Louisville. He completed his residency in psychiatry and fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at Duke University. His theological education leading to the ThM was at Duke Divinity School and he received his MPH in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
His scholarship builds on his clinical, research and teaching background in mental health, practical theology, and public health about which he lectures widely and has published numerous publications including the co-authored book, Heal Thyself: Spirituality, Medicine, and the Distortion of Christianity. His academic work includes theological and conceptual exploration of the intersections of religion and health and empirical research regarding socio-cultural determinants of illness, health and human flourishing.
Resident Scholar – Criminology
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F. Carson Mencken Vitae
F. Carson Mencken is Professor of Sociology at Baylor University. He received his BS degree summa cum laude from the College of Charleston (SC) in 1987, and his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in 1994. His areas of research expertise include regional sociology, criminology and research methods. Recently, with Dr. Christopher Bader, Dr. Mencken has been pursuing research which links civic engagement, religious communities, and economic growth. He has authored over 30 professional publications. He has received competitive grant funding for his research from such sources as the Tennessee Valley Authority, the United States Department of the Interior, the United States Department of Justice, and the John Templeton Foundation. He was the Project Director for the Empirical Study of Values in China (ESVIC). Prior to joining the faculty at Baylor University, Dr. Mencken served as the Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University.
Center for Global Prosperity, Hudson Institute
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Heidi Metcalf Little has worked extensively in both domestic and international policy arenas with a specific focus on issues of poverty and youth. She has taken a leading role developing policy, programming, philanthropic granting strategies, and public-private partnerships addressing global issues including HIV/AIDS, anti-human trafficking, and disaster relief as well as domestic issues such as foster care, workforce development and public safety.
Heidi is a senior fellow and deputy director of the Center for Global Prosperity at the Hudson Institute where she is responsible for managing the center and publishing the Index of Global Philanthropy and Remittances, the only comprehensive report of private financial flows from developed countries to the developing world.
Email Carrie Miles
Carrie A. Miles Vitae
Carrie A. Miles is a Senior Scholar in Residence at Chapman University and executive officer for Empower International Ministries. Dr. Miles holds a Ph.D. in social and organizational psychology from the University of Chicago. Her book The Redemption of Love explores the intersection of religion, economics, and the family. As director of Empower, she conducts research on the impact of Christianity on the African family, and explores ways to increase that impact. Her latest articles are, ”‘What’s Love Got to Do with It?’: Earthly Experience of Celestial Marriage, Past and Present,” about Mormon polygamy (Oxford University Press, in press), and ”A Christianity that Does Not Harm Women” (http://carriemiles.wordpress.com/2010/04/01/a-christianity-that-does-not-harm-women-2/).
The Jewish Theological Seminary
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Alan Mittleman is Professor of Modern Jewish Thought and Chair of the Department of Jewish Thought at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He also serves As Director of the Tikvah Institute for Jewish Thought at JTS. He is the author, most recently, of “Hope in a Democratic Age” (Oxford, 2009). He is currently working on a book on the history of Jewish ethics for Wiley-Blackwell and on a book on Jewish views of human nature for Princeton University Press.
Non-Resident Scholar, Middle East
Eastern Michigan University
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Mansoor Moaddel Vitae
Dr. Moaddel studies Islam, culture, ideology, political conflict, revolution and social change. His work currently focuses on the causes and consequences of values and attitudes of the Middle Eastern and Islamic publics. He has carried out values surveys in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia. He has also carried out youth surveys in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. His previous research project analyzed the determinants of ideological production in the Islamic world. He teaches sociology of religion, ideology, revolution, Islam and the Middle East. His current research focuses on religious fundamentalism, national pride and national identity, and attitudes toward gender and the veil in Islamic countries.
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Christianity and Politics
Paul Henry Institute, Calvin College
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Stephen V. Monsma Vitae
Stephen V. Monsma is a senior research fellow at the Paul Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics, Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) and a professor emeritus of political science at Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA) where he was on the political science faculty from 1987 to 2004. He is also a non-resident scholar at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. He has published widely in the fields of public policy, church-state relations, and faith-based nonprofit organizations. His most recent works are Pluralism and Freedom: Faith-Based Organizations in a Democratic Society (2012) and a second edition of The Challenge of Pluralism: Church and State in Five Democracies (2009), which was first published in 1997. He has also published articles in such journals as the Journal of Church and State and the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy.
Non-Resident Scholar, Religion
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Margarita A. Mooney Vitae
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Margarita A. Mooney is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Faculty Fellow in the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University in 2005, and her M.A. in Sociology from Princeton in 2000, with her B.A. in Psychology from Yale University in 1995. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, her book, Faith Makes Us Live: Surviving and Thriving in the Haitian Diaspora, was published in 2009 by the University of California Press.
Professor of the History of Christianity
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Email Larry Murphy
Dr. Murphy tries to point students to the story behind the story, to the complex, multi-layered dynamics of human interaction in community. He wants them to see the figures of history as real people wrestling with issues of life and love, identity, security, and destiny, within the heritage of the Judeo-Christian tradition–just as they will encounter in the ministry situations in which they will serve. It pleases him much when student papers show a critical engagement between their faith and the textual and thematic materials that we study. He recently co-authored a chapter for a book of essays on Religion in Urban America. He has written African-American Faith in America and edited Down by the Riverside: Readings in African American Religion.
Email Sarah-Jane Murray
K. Sarah-Jane Murray (Ph.D., Princeton University) is Associate Professor in the Honors College at Baylor. At Princeton, she was awarded the Porter Ogden Jacobus for most outstanding graduate student in the humanities and social sciences. She also earned degrees from the Ecole Normale Supérieure-lsh in Lyons (Advanced Diploma in Linguistics) and Auburn University (BA in Philosophy and French).
Murray’s first book, From Plato to Lancelot (Syracuse University Press, 2008), explored the origins of vernacular storytelling in twelfth-century France. Focusing on the influence of the Timaeus and the mission of the Myth of Atlantis in particular—that storytellers preserve history, and story, by committing oral tales to writing—the book examines the convergence of classical and Celtic sources in the Arthurian romances of Chrétien de Troyes. In addition, Murray is the author of over twenty peer-reviewed articles and serves as Editor-in-Chief of Le Cygne, the journal published by the International Marie de France Society.