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Non-Resident Scholar, Social Work
University of Pittsburgh
Email John Wallace
John M. Wallace, Jr. is an associate professor of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. His research examines the impact of religion as a protective factor against adolescent problem behavior; racial and ethnic disparities in substance abuse; and the role of faith-based organizations in the revitalization of urban communities, through the provision of social services, economic empowerment activities and community development.
He is the principal investigator on a five year project funded by the Skillman Foundation to evaluate it’s “A Call To Service” (ACTS) faith-based initiative and is a co-investigator on the University of Michigan’s on-going national study of drug use among American young people, “Monitoring the Future”. Dr. Wallace’s research has appeared in numerous professional journals, books and monographs including Social Work, the American Journal of Public Health, and the Journal of Studies on Alcohol. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan.
Non-Resident Scholar, Criminology
Northern Arizona University
Email Neil Websdale
Dr. Neil Websdale is Professor of Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University and Principal Project Advisor to and former director of the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative. He has published work on domestic violence, the history of crime, policing, social change, and public policy. Dr. Websdale has published four books including: Rural Woman Battering and the Justice System: An Ethnography (Sage), 1998, which won the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Outstanding Book Award (1999); Understanding Domestic Homicide
Non-Resident Scholar, Comparative Religions
Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
Email James Wellman
James K. Wellman Jr. Vitae
James Wellman is Associate Professor and Chair of the Comparative Religion at the Jackson School of International Studies. He has been at the University of Washington since 2002. He teaches in the area of American religious culture, history and politics. He has published an award-winning book, The Gold Church and the Ghetto: Christ and Culture in Mainline Protestantism (Illinois 1999). He has published two edited volumes, The Power of Religious Publics: Staking Claims in American Society (Praegers 1999); the second edited volume, Belief and Bloodshed: Religion and Violence Across Time and Tradition (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007).
Non-Resident Scholar, Marriage & Family
University of Virginia
Email W. Bradford Wilcox
W. Bradford Wilcox Vitae
W. Bradford Wilcox is assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia and a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University.
He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. at Princeton University. Prior to coming to the University of Virginia, he held research fellowships at Princeton University, Yale University and the Brookings Institution.
Dr. Wilcox’s research focuses on marriage and cohabitation, and on the ways that religion, gender, and children influence the quality and stability of American family life. He has published articles on marriage, cohabitation, parenting, and fatherhood in The American Sociological Review, Social Forces, The Journal of Marriage and Family and The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.
Email Daniel Williams
Daniel Williams Vitae
D. H. Williams is currently Professor of Religion in Patristics and Historical Theology in the Department of Religion of Baylor University. Prior to 2002, he was Associate Professor of Theology in Patristics and Historical Theology at Loyola University Chicago, and before coming to Loyola, he served twice as pastor of American Baptist churches.
Ph.D., M.A. University of Toronto, 1991; Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1985; M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1981; B. A., Northeastern Bible College, 1978. Ordained on September 15, 1981.
Resident Senior Scholar
Ralph Wood Vitae
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Dr. Wood received his B. A. and M.A. degrees in English from East Texas State University, as well as the M. A. and Ph. D. in Theology and Literature from the University of Chicago. His teaching and research commitments include Christian Literary Classics (especially the works of Dante, Herbert, Bunyan, Dostoevsky, and Hopkins), the Oxford Inklings (chiefly Tolkien and Lewis), as well as 20th century religion and culture (mainly Flannery O’Connor in relation to Roman Catholic theology). Before coming to Baylor, he taught for 26 years at Wake Forest University, where he won awards for distinguished teaching.
National University of Singapore
Associate Professor of Political Science
Email Robert Woodberry
Bob Woodberry’s research looks at the long-term impact of missionaries and different colonial governments on education, economic development and democracy in post-colonial societies. Other research interests include the spread of religious liberty, the international diffusion of social movements, religious influences on political institutions and the economy, religious attitudes of elites, religious tolerance, conservative Protestants, and measuring religious groups on surveys.
With grants from Lilly, NSF, SSSR, RRA, and ASR, he is constructing a dataset of virtually all Protestant and Catholic missionary activity from 1813 to 1968. This includes data about most formal education and medical work in the nonwestern world during this period. Because the data are spatially located, they can be adjusted to match any modern national or provincial boundaries. He is also collecting data on missionary death rates to determine how life expectancies of Europeans in the colonies influenced investment patterns and levels of colonial abuses.
Non-Resident Scholar, American Christianity
University of Connecticut
Email Bradley Wright
Bradley Wright Vitae
Bradley Wright is associate professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut.
He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California at Davis and his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin. Prior to coming to the University of Connecticut, he held a post-doctoral position with the National Center of Violence Research at the University of Wisconsin.
Dr. Wright’s research focuses on understanding and testing the basic dynamics underlying American Christianity. He has launched a research program using field experiments to examine the role that race and class place in church’s receptivity to potential members. His first book, Christians are Hate-Filled Hypocrites… and Other Lies that You’ve Been Told, (Bethany House Publishers) identifies various myths about American Christianity, and it tests these myths using survey data from various sources. In the process, it explores the motivations that various public news-makers have for emphasizing a negative portrayal of Christianity.
Non-Resident Scholar, Faith-Based & Community Initiatives
ICF Macro International, Inc.
Email William Wubbenhorst
William Wubbenhorst Vitae
William Wubbenhorst serves both as a Coordinator of the FaithService Forum for ICF Macro International, Inc., and also as a non-resident fellow for Baylor University’s Institute for the Study of Religion.
At present, Mr. Wubbenhorst is serving as Subcontract Manager and FBCO Liaison for a $8 million Pathways out of Poverty grant funded by the US Department lf Labor (USDOL). Mr. Wubbenhorst is responsible for coordinating with project staff at four local sites throughout the country to develop partnerships with FBCOs to recruit, train and place individuals from disadvantaged populations into career track green job positions.