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Shah, Timothy

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Associate Director, Religious Freedom Project
Georgetown University
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Timothy Samuel Shah is Research Professor of Government at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion; Senior Advisor and Director of the South and Southeast Asia Action Team with the Religious Freedom Institute; and Director for International Research at the Religious Freedom Research Project at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. He is a political scientist specializing in religious freedom as well as in the broad relationship between religious and political dynamics in theory, history, and contemporary practice.

 

He is author of Even if There is No God: Hugo Grotius and the Secular Foundations of Modern Political Liberalism (Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2017) and, with Monica Duffy Toft and Daniel Philpott, of God’s Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics (W.W. Norton, 2011). He is also editor of numerous volumes, including, with Allen Hertzke, Christianity and Freedom: Historical Perspectives and Christianity and Freedom: Contemporary Perspectives (both with Cambridge University Press, 2016) and, with Thomas Farr and Jack Friedman, Religious Freedom and Gay Rights (Oxford University Press, 2016). Shah’s volume co-edited with Jack Friedman, Homo Religiosus?: Exploring the Roots of Religion and Religious Freedom in Human Experience, is under contract with Cambridge University Press and is forthcoming in 2017. His articles on religion, religious freedom, and global politics have appeared in Foreign AffairsForeign Policy, the Journal of Law and Religion, the Journal of Democracy, the Review of Politics, Fides et Historia, and elsewhere.


Sherman, Amy L.

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Dr. Amy L. Sherman is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, where she directs the Center on Faith in Communities. Dr. Sherman is the author of six books and over 80 published articles. Her essays have appeared in such diverse publications as The Public Interest, Policy Review, Christianity Today, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The American Enterprise, The Washington Times, First Things, Books & Culture, Society, PRISM, The Christian Century, Comment, and Philanthropy. Her most recent book is Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good (IVP 2011), which won Christianity Today’s Book of the Year Award in the Christian Living category.
Dr. Sherman is in demand as a speaker, trainer, and evaluation consultant for many faith-based nonprofits and congregations nationwide. She has conducted evaluations of a number of national faith-based organizations including the Christian Community Development Association and Urban Youth Workers Institute and is currently (2016) overseeing an assessment of Jobs for Life.


Smith, Buster G.

Non-Resident Scholar

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Buster G. Smith is an Assistant Professor at Catawba College, Salisbury, NC. He earned his B.A. from Middlebury College in 2003 and his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Baylor University in 2009. He recently co-authored American Secularism: Cultural Contours of Nonreligious Belief Systems, with Joseph Baker from NYU Press. His dissertation examined the relationship between Buddhism and the sociology of religion, by examining the ways in which the study of American Buddhism can inform the theories of the sociology of religion, as well as applying the techniques and methodologies of sociology to this particular topic. He is the editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion. He was a post-doctoral fellow at ISR from 2009-2011 where his work involved analysis of the Gallup World Poll to determine the current state of religion in the world as well as the ways in which religion interacts with other societal and individual characteristics.


Stanford, Matthew

Non-Resident ScholarStanford 1061
CEO/Executive Director Hope and Healing Center
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Matthew S. Stanford, Ph.D.began his tenure as CEO/Executive Director of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute (HHC/I) in the spring of 2015. Prior to coming to HHC/I, he was a professor of psychology, neuroscience and biomedical studies at Baylor University. His research on the interplay between psychology and issues of faith has been featured by Fox, the New York Times, USA Today, MSNBC, Yahoo, and U.S. News & World Report. Stanford is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). As the co-founder and executive director of the Grace Alliance, he writes, conducts training seminars, and serves individuals living with mental illness and their families. He is the author of two books, Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness and The Biology of Sin: Grace, Hope and Healing for Those Who Feel Trapped.

 


Stanley, Brian

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The University of Edinburgh
School of Divinity
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Dr. Stanley is Professor of World Christianity and Director of the Centre for the Study of World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh. He received his Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. degrees from the University of Cambridge in England, where he was a Fellow of St Edmund’s College and Director of the Henry Martyn Centre for the Study of Mission and World Christianity (now the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide). He has experience teaching in the areas of mission studies, world Christianity, and modern church history. He was director of the North Atlantic Missiology Project and its successor, the Currents in World Christianity Project from 1996 until 2001.

He has written or edited eight books: ”The Bible and the Flag: Protestant Missions and British Imperialism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries” (1990); “The History of the Baptist Missionary Society 1792-1992” (1992); “The Church Mission Society and World Christianity, 1799-1999” (with Kevin Ward, 2000); “Christian Missions and the Enlightenment” (2001); “Missions, Nationalism, and the End of Empire” (2003); “The Cambridge History of Christianity volume 8: World Christianities c. 1815- c. 1914” (with Sheridan Gilley, 2006); The World Missionary Conference, Edinburgh 1910” (2009); “The Global Diffusion of Evangelicalism: The Age of Billy Graham and John Stott” (2013); “Europe as the Other: External Perspectives on European Christianity” (with Judith Becker, 2014). With Robert Eric Frykenberg he is co-editor of the Eerdmans series, Studies in the History of Christian Missions. He is currently completing a world history of Christianity in the 20th century for Princeton University Press, due to appear in 2017.

 


Stetson, Chuck

Non-Resident Scholar
Essentials in Education, Chairman
PEI Funds, Managing Director
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Chuck Stetson is Chairman and CEO of Essentials in Education (EIE), a non-profit educational publisher that seeks to enrich education.

In its first project, EIE has changed the nation’s mind on teaching about the Bible in under two years through the release of the first national research of high school English teachers and university English professors who virtually unanimously supported teaching about the Bible as critical for understanding English literature. Dr. Stetson co-authored the first textbook in the last thirty years on the Bible – The Bible and Its Influence – which is now being taught in over 357 schools in 43 states.

A second project has been a documentary – THE BETTER HOUR: The Legacy of William Wilberforce – which was broadcast nationally in February 2008 during Black History month on national public television. It is available on PBS Home Video through Amazon.com and Netflix.


Streeter, Ryan

Non-Resident Scholar
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Ryan Streeter is Editor of ConservativeHome, a web site focused on the future of conservatism in America, and he is also a Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Director of Fiscal Studies at the Sagamore Institute in Indianapolis. Previously a senior fellow at Legatum Institute, Streeter has written on a range of topics such as the nature of prosperity globally and locally, entrepreneurship, and the private sector’s role in solving public problems.  He was co-director of The Legatum Prosperity Index, a global assessment of economic growth and well-being and has conducted surveys of entrepreneurs in emerging economies.  Prior to joining Legatum, Streeter was vice president of Civic Enterprises, a public policy development firm in Washington, D.C., where he provided a wide range of research, analysis, and public communication services to a diverse group of clients, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The Heritage Foundation, and the Urban Land Institute. Streeter also served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for domestic policy, in which capacity he managed the development of policy on a range of issues such as poverty, civil society, global health, housing, human services, and health care.  He was also a research fellow at the Hudson Institute and top aide to former Indianapolis mayor Stephen Goldsmith.  He holds a Ph.D. in political philosophy from Emory University.


Stubenrauch, Joseph

ISR Faculty Fellow
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Joseph Stubenrauch joined Baylor’s history faculty in 2011. He earned a B.A. at Calvin College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Indiana University. Dr. Stubenrauch specializes in modern British history, focusing particularly on the interplay between religion, print culture, mass markets, and urbanization during the nineteenth century. His first book, The Evangelical Age of Ingenuity in Industrial Britain (Oxford, 2016), explored British evangelical attempts to use commercial and industrial developments to further the spread of the gospel. Currently, he is researching a book project on religion in nineteenth-century, working-class autobiographies.


Sun, Anna Xiao Dong

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Kenyon University
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Anna Sun is Associate Professor of Sociology and Asian studies at Kenyon College. Anna Sun’s research interests include sociology of religion, sociology of knowledge, sociology of culture, and social theory.

Sun has been studying the revival of Confucianism as a religion in contemporary China, as well as the larger conceptual and methodological issues in the study of Asian religions. She has been a co-principal investigator in two research projects funded by the John M. Templeton Foundation: “The Empirical Study of Religions in China,” 2006-2009, and “The Concept of Fu in Contemporary China: Searching for Well-Being, Purpose, and the Good Life,” 2013-2016.

Sun’s book Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013) has received two book awards, both in 2014: the Distinguished Book Award of the Sociology of Religion Section of the American Sociological Association, and the Best First Book in the History of Religion Award of the American Academy of Religion. Sun is currently working on her second book, entitled The Social Life of Prayer in China.

 


Swatos Jr., William H.

Non-Resident Senior Fellow
Editor, IJRR Journal
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Dr. William H. Swatos, Jr. is Senior Fellow at ISR and Managing Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, as well as Executive Officer of the Association for the Sociology of Religion and of the Religious Research Association. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology, with honors in social theory, from the University of Kentucky and also earned the M.Div. degree summa cum laude from the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Kentucky. Dr. Swatos is author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of over twenty books including the Encyclopedia of Religion and Society and with Kevin J. Christiano and Peter Kivisto, the widely used textbook Sociology of Religion: Contemporary Developments.


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