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Bahkou, Abjar

Resident Scholar, Arabic
Baylor University
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Dr. Abjar Bahkou will join the Concordia Seminary, St. Louis faculty as associate professor of Practical Theology beginning June 1 for the 2018-19 academic year. Bahkou is a well-respected scholar, theologian and leading authority on Arabic and Islamic Studies within The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS).

Abjar Bahkou was Senior Lecturer  of Arabic literature, culture and language at Baylor University. He received his Ph.D. in 2008 in Islamic Studies from the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies and his Ph.D. in Education in 1998 from Salesian Pontifical University both in Rome, Italy. He is fluent in Arabic, Syriac (Classical Aramaic), English, Italian, French and Hebrew (Biblical). He is the author of numerous publications on Islamic and Christian studies. One of which is the Christian Legend of Monk Bakira

Bahkou holds a Ph.D. from Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies in Rome, Italy (2011), and Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, Italy (1998). He holds a master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Islamic Studies (2009) and Salesian Pontifical University in Education (1996). He holds a bachelor’s degree from Salesian Pontifical University (1995) and a Diploma in Theology from St. Ephraim Theological Seminary (1993).

Defending_Christian_Faith Defending Christian Faith: The Fifth Part of the Chrisitan Apology of Gerasimus
by Abjar Bahkou, De Gruyter Open Ltd, Warsaw/Berlin, 2014.

Barr, Beth Allison

Resident Scholar, History
Baylor University
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Beth Barr is an Assistant Professor of European Women’s History in the Baylor History department. After receiving her BA in History, minor in Classics, from Baylor University in 1996, she continued her studies in the Medieval History, Religious Studies, and Women’s Studies programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a significant amount of coursework from at Duke. She received both her graduate degrees from UNC-CH: her MA in Medieval History in 1999 and her PhD in Medieval History in 2004. She recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Religion department at Baylor University and is currently the Assistant Professor of European Women’s History in the Baylor History department.  She is particularly interested in women and religion in England, 1350-1650, and most of her research revolves around women, priests, and pastoral literature (sermons, clerical handbooks, didactic religious texts) in the late medieval/early modern church.


Bebbington, David

Non-Resident Senior Fellow, History of Religion
University of Stirling, Scotland
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David Bebbington took his degrees at the University of Cambridge and joined the Department in 1976. He was promoted to a Personal Chair in 1999. He has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at Baylor University, Texas, in the fall semesters of 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. In 2006-07, he was the President of the Ecclesiastical History Society and is President of the Scottish Church History Society from 2016 to 2019. In 2016 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

His principal research interests are in the history of politics, religion, ideas and society in Britain from the eighteenth to the twentieth century and in the history of the global Evangelical movement.  His books include Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s (1989), Victorian Nonconformity (1992), William Ewart Gladstone: Faith and Politics in Victorian Britain (1993), Holiness in Nineteenth-Century England (2000), The Mind of Gladstone: Religion, Homer and Politics (2004), The Dominance of Evangelicalism: The Age of Spurgeon and Moody (2005), Baptists through the Centuries: A History of a Global People (2010), Victorian Religious Revivals: Culture and Piety in Local and Global Contexts (2012) and The Intellectual Attainments of Evangelical Nonconformity: A Nineteenth-Century Case-Study (2014).


Beckwith, Francis

Resident Scholar, Philosophy & Church-State Studies
Baylor University
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Francis J. Beckwith is Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies at Baylor University, where he also serves as associate director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy as well as co-director (with Trent Dougherty) of the Program on Philosophical Studies of Religion in the Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion.  The 2016-17 Visiting Professor in Conservative Thought & Policy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, he was the 2008-09 Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow in Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics & Culture at the University of Notre Dame as well as a 2002-03 Visiting Research Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in the Department of Politics at Princeton University.


Boddie, Stephanie

ISR Faculty Fellow
Baylor University
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Dr. Stephanie Clintonia Boddie is an assistant professor of Church and Community Ministries at Baylor University with appointments at the Diana R. School of Social Work, the School of Education and the George W. Truett Seminary. She is also an alumni fellow at the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program and a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Program for Research on Religion & Urban Civil Society and Faculty Associate at Washington University’s Center for Social Development. Previously, she held research appointments at Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh. She also served as senior consultant for the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s Metro-Urban Institute, a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life, lead consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Faith & Family Portfolio and on the faculty of Washington University. Her research explores faith-based approaches and social innovation to address disparities in health, wealth, education and food access as well as trends in faith-based initiatives. She has published research at the intersection of social work, religion and social policy. Her work includes four books, numerous journal articles and reports as well as op-eds and short films. Boddie received her doctorate in social welfare and master’s in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and her bachelor’s degree in natural science from Johns Hopkins University.


Bratton, Susan

Resident Scholar, Environmental Studies
Baylor University
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As Chair of Environmental Studies, my major goal is to support our students by organizing an interdisciplinary curriculum with student friendly undergraduate and graduate degree programs. I love teaching, and my favorite courses include Conserving Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management. My present research interests are primarily in environmental ethics, and recent projects have investigated the ethics of commercial fishing and the environmental ethics of Christian art. I am also supervising research involving habitat assessment in local forests and along the shores of Lake Waco. I remain committed to a peaceful and intellectually stimulating synthesis of Christian values and thought with environmental education, and believe the Department of Environmental Studies can set a good example to the rest of the campus in its pursuit of interdisciplinarity in the sciences and social sciences.


Brooks, Arthur

Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Culture, Politics, and American Life
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Arthur C. Brooks became the president of American Enterprise Institute in January 2009. He is the former Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and Whitman School of Management. Brooks earned his PhD in Public Policy Analysis from the Rand Graduate School in 1998, and also holds an MA and BA in economics.

Mr. Brooks has published approximately 100 articles and books on the connections between culture, politics, and economic life in America. He speaks frequently in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, is a contributing editor to Reader’s Digest, and a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal and other publications. His latest book is the New York Times bestseller “The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America” (Broadside Books, 2015). His  book, on happiness in America, is Gross National Happiness: Why Happiness Matters for America—and How We Can Get More of It (Basic Books). In 2006 he published Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism (Basic Books), on American charitable giving, which the Wall Street Journal called a “lucidly written, carefully distilled and persuasively cogent work, a tidy time-bomb of a book,” and on which Brooks briefed President George W. Bush and the First Lady in February 2007. In 2008 he also published the textbook Social Entrepreneurship(Prentice-Hall). Currently, he is working on a book called The Virtue of Vice: Why Bad Things Are Good for Us, set for release at the end of 2009. Preceding his work in academia, Mr. Brooks spent 12 years as a professional French hornist, holding positions with the City Orchestra of Barcelona and other ensembles. He is a native of Seattle, Washington, and currently lives in Syracuse, New York, with his wife Ester and their three children.


Brown, Davis

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Davis Brown is a researcher in the areas international relations, international law, and religion. He has a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Virginia and an LL.M. in international law from George Washington University. He is the author of The Sword, the Cross, and the Eagle: The American Just War Tradition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008) and co-editor of The Just War Tradition: Applying Old Ethics to New Problems (Routledge, 2015), with Henrik Syse. Dr. Brown is the co-principal investigator of the Religious Characteristics of States (RCS) data project with Patrick James, and constructed the RCS demographics dataset released in 2015. His current research focuses on religious war ethics and quantifying a new measurement of religion and state, called Government Religious Preference. Dr. Brown is a former Air Force JAG and currently lives in North Carolina.

 


Brown, Michelle

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Michelle P. Brown PhD, FSA, is a leading expert in medieval manuscript studies. Her research is instrumental in her association with the Manuscript Research Collegium housed at ISR. Her research interests include the transition from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages, the Conversion to Christianity, Biblical and Liturgical manuscripts, early relatons between East and West (she is currently researching manuscripts at St Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai), Anglo-Saxon and Celtic Early Christian cultures and manuscript illumination and its interpretation. She is currently Professor Emeritus at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, a Visiting Professor at University College London and a Visiting Resarch Fellow at Durham University. Her former positions include the Curator of Medieval and Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library, Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies and Course Tutor to the History of the Book MA at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, the Sandars Lecturer in Bibliography at Cambridge University, and Lay Canon and Chapter Member at St Paul’s Cathedral, London. Professor Brown has written, lectured and broadcast widely. Her publications include the following books: The Book of Cerne: Prayer, Patronage and Power in Ninth-Century England, A Guide to Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600, The British Library Guide to Writing and Scripts, Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: a Glossary of Technical Terms, The Lindisfarne Gospels: Society, Spirituality and the Scribe,


Buford, Cheryl A.

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Cheryl Buford serves as Vice President for Business Development for Social Capital Valuations (SCV). This consulting firm has teamed with Baylor ISR on numerous program evaluations of faith-based nonprofit service organizations. SCV’s unique contribution is to define proximate performance measures that are predictive of a nonprofit’s long-term outcomes and use them to calculate the EV-ROI (Expected Value Return on Investment) using its proprietary analysis tool. As a result, SCV determines how a nonprofit’s outcomes benefit go beyond benefiting participating clients, to assessing how the community is also impacted.

Prior to joining SCV, Ms. Buford spent over 30 years in roles that involved nonprofit and public policy program development and analysis. Early in her career, she served a variety of innovative nonprofit organizations – from those targeting at-risk youth locally to a national initiative at United Way of America, redefining its public-private partnerships. Her efforts have decisively engaged civic leaders and community stakeholders to tell a compelling story of impact.


Burris, Simon Peter

Faculty Fellow, Ancient Greek Literary Papyri
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Simon Peter Burris,  Senior Lecturer in the Department of Classics, joined the department in the Fall of 2005. His primary teaching area is in the Greek language and literature.  Previously he served as  Visiting Assistant Professor at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he taught Classics and Paideia, Luther’s influential core curriculum.

Dr. Burris earned his Ph.D. in Classical Literature and Philology from Cornell University (2004) with a dissertation titled, “Refrains in Ancient Greek Poetry.”  He holds his B.A. in Classics from the University of Texas at Austin (1992).

Dr. Burris’s primary area of research is Greek lyric poetry, particularly the ideology of victory found in the epinician odes of Pindar.  He has presented numerous papers on Pindar, Homer, and other classical authors at various conferences including those of the American Philological Association.

In coordination with the Green Scholars Initiative, Dr. Burris also works on ancient Greek literary papyri.  His current projects include the editing and interpretation of new fragments of archaic Greek poetry.

Dr. Burris currently serves as President of the Texas Classical Association.


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