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Jacobs, Alan

ISR Resident Fellow

Alan Jacobs is Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. His most recent books are How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds (Currency, 2017) and The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in a Time of Crisis (Oxford UP, 2018). His next book, Breaking Bread with the Dead: The Case for Temporal Bandwidth, will be published by Penguin Press in 2020.  Other books include  The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography and a critical edition of Auden’s The Age of Anxiety (both Princeton University Press, 2013). 

Before coming to Baylor, Dr. Alan Jacobs was Clyde S. Kilby Chair and Professor of English at Wheaton College (Illinois) since 1984. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and received his PhD. from the University of Virginia. Dr. Jacobs teaches theology and literary theory for the Honors Program, a field in which his prolific authorship has established him as a leading scholar. His books include: The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography (2013); W. H. Auden, For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio (2013, edited) ; W. H. Auden, The Age of Anxiety: a Baroque Eclogue (2011, edited) ; The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction (2011) ; Wayfaring: Essays Pleasant and Unpleasant (2010) ; Sin: A Cultural History (2009) ; Looking Before and After: Testimony and the Christian Life (2008) ; The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis (2006) ; Shaming the Devil: Essays in Truthtelling (2004) ; A Theology of Reading: The Hermeneutics of Love (2001) ; A Visit to Vanity Fair: Moral Essays on the Present Age (2001) ; What Became of Wystan: Change and Continuity in Auden’s Poetry (1998). ; Must Christianity be Violent? Reflections on History, Practice, and Theology, ed. with Kenneth R. Chase (2003).

Besides authoring books, Jacobs is a frequent guest on Mars Hill Audio, blogs for The American Conservative, and serves as contributing editor for The New Atlantis. At Baylor, Dr. Jacobs has taught a variety of classes including Great Texts of the Medieval Intellectual Tradition, Theology and Literary Theory, Great Texts of the Early Modern Age, Living and Thinking in a Digital Age, and Confession and Autobiography.


Jang, Daniel

ISR Non-Resident Research Fellow
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Daniel Jang is a non-resident research fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion. He received his masters degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland as a Sutherland Fellow. His research interests include juvenile delinquency, intergenerational effects of crime, race and crime, and life-course criminology. Jang is a certified data scientist and specializes in big data analysis and statistical methods.


Jeynes, William H.

Non-Resident Scholar, Education
California State University, Long Beach
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Recent Publications

Dr. Jeynes is one of the nation’s leading researchers on the influence of religiosity, attending religious schools, Bible literacy, character education, family structure, and parental involvement. He has conducted meta-analyses and examined nationwide data sets examining each of these issues. His research has divulged, among other things, that when African American and Latino students are religious and from intact families, the achievement gap with white students disappears. He is heavily involved, along a number of dimensions, in getting the Bible as Literature taught in the public schools.

Dr. Jeynes is a Professor of Education at California State University, Long Beach and has graduate degrees from Harvard University and the University of Chicago. He graduated first in his class from Harvard University and received the Rosenberger Award at the University of Chicago for being named as his cohort’s most outstanding student. He has approximately 165 academic publications, including 100+ articles, 14 books, and 49 book chapters. His articles have appeared in journals by Columbia University, Harvard University (two Harvard journals), the University of Chicago, Cambridge University, the London School of Economics, Notre Dame University, and other prestigious academic journals.

 He is a well-known public speaker having spoken in nearly every state in the country and in every inhabited continent. He has spoken for the White House, the US Department of Justice, the US Department of Education, the US Department of Health & Human Services, the National Press Club, UN delegates, members of Congress, the Acting President of South Korea, the largest church in the world in Seoul, Korea, Harvard University, Cambridge University, Oxford University, Columbia University, Duke University, Notre Dame University, Peking University, and many other well known universities. He has spoken for the G.W. Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations and interacted with the first of these presidents. He has also spoken for former members of the Clinton administration. He has served as a consultant and/or speech writer for many prominent U.S. government leaders, including several presidential candidates.


Johnson, Andrew

Non-Resident ISR Fellow
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Andrew Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Department at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He recently published If I Give My Soul: Faith Behind Bars in Rio de Janeiro with Oxford University Press and co-directed a documentary film based on his research of Pentecostalism inside of prison in Brazil. He is currently pursuing a project on religious practice inside of prison in the United States.

After receiving his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Minnesota he spent a year as a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Religion and three years as a Research Associate at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California.

Before entering the doctoral program at Minnesota, he served as a foreign service officer in the United States Agency for International Development and worked at the U.S. Embassies in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and Brasilia, Brazil.


Joseph, Michael

ISR Non-Resident Fellow
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Michael Joseph coordinates the Cafepaz Peace Studies Center based at the Baptist University and Seminary of Cali, Colombia. Michael also works closely with the Prophetic Call human rights documentation project that has documented the impact of Colombia’s internal armed conflict on Protestant churches, for 12 years. An ordained Baptist minister, Michael is a mission co-worker to Colombia with Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ, where he has served for over ten years. Michael has taught theology at both the Baptist University and Seminary in Cali and the Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Bogotá, Colombia. In May of 2004 Michael obtained a Master of Arts in Theology, with a focus in Ethics from Union Theological Seminary, in New York City. Michael was awarded the 2004 Anne M. Bennett and John C. Bennett Fellowship “for promise of excellence in a ministry of social service and advocacy for justice in the public arena.” In July of 2004 Michael was ordained by Metro Baptist Church in New York City. Michael is currently pursuing a DMin from the Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA.


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