People

Religion and Public Life Program

STAFF and FELLOWS

Director

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Elaine Howard Ecklund

Professor of Sociology, Rice University

Staff

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Laura Achenbaum

Associate Director of Research


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Bethany Boucher

Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for Non-Profit Leadership


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Deidra Carroll Coleman

Research Project Manager


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Hayley Hemstreet

Program Manager

Postdoctoral Fellows

Graduate Student Fellows

Dan Bolger
Dan Bolger

PhD Student in Sociology, Rice University


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Jauhara Ferguson

PhD Student in Sociology, Rice University


Bradley Johnson
Bradley Johnson

PhD Student in Religion, Rice University


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Brenton Kalinowski

PhD Student in Sociology, Rice University

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Sharan Kaur Mehta

PhD Student in Sociology, Rice University


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Esmeralda Sanchez Salazar

PhD Student in Sociology, Rice University

Undergraduate Student Fellows

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Alex Nuyda

Undergraduate Student, Rice University

Non-Resident Research Fellows

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Esther Chan

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


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Di Di

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Santa Clara University


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David R. Johnson

Assistant Professor of Higher Education Leadership, University of Nevada, Reno


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Simranjit Khalsa

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Memphis

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Jared Peifer

Assistant Professor of Management, Baruch College


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Pamela Prickett

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Amsterdam


Christopher P. Scheitle
Christopher P. Scheitle

Assistant Professor of Sociology, West Virginia University


Bob Thomson
Bob Thomson

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Alabama in Huntsville

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Cleve V. Tinsley IV

Assistant Professor of History, Religion, and Africana Studies, Virginia Union University


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Brandon Vaidyanathan

Associate Professor of Sociology, The Catholic University of America

Project Co-Leaders

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Denise Daniels

Hudson T. Harrison Professor of Entrepreneurship, Wheaton College


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John H. Evans

Professor of Sociology, UC San Diego


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David R. Johnson

Assistant Professor of Higher Education Leadership, University of Nevada, Reno


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Pamela Prickett

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Amsterdam

Christopher P. Scheitle
Christopher P. Scheitle

Assistant Professor of Sociology, West Virginia University

Speakers

Wazir Ali

Resident Imam, Houston Masjid of Al-Islam and Masjid Al-Qur’an


Betsy Barre

Executive Director, Teaching and Learning Collaborative, Wake Forest University


Dorothy Bass

Director, Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith


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Katelyn Beaty

Acquisitions Editor, Baker Publishing Group

Elias Bongmba

Professor of Religion, Rice University


Evelyn Bush

Associate Professor of Sociology, Fordham University


Heidi Campbell

Professor of Communication, Texas A&M


Ashley Clemmer

Director of Programs and Community Engagement, Rothko Chapel

Harvey Clemons

Pastor, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church


Francis Collins

Director, National Institutes of Health


Craig Considine

Lecturer in Sociology, Rice University


Greg Cootsona

Lecturer in Religion Studies and Humanities, California State University Chico

Marcus D. Cosby

Senior Pastor, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church


Sophie DAmico

Undergraduate Student, Rice University


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Denise Daniels

Hudson T. Harrison Professor of Entrepreneurship, Wheaton College


Korie Edwards

Associate Professor of Sociology, The Ohio State University

Michael Emerson

Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago


Sean Fitzpatrick

Executive Director, The Jung Center


Steve Gross

Rabbi, Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism


Gregory Han

Director of Interfaith Relations and Education, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston

Jonathan Hill

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Calvin University


Lee Hsia

Campus Pastor, Houston's First Baptist Church


Alexander Johnson

Executive Pastor, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church


Mark Labberton

President, Fuller Theological Seminary

Marilyn Lee

Executive Director, Loving Houston


Gerardo Marti

Professor of Sociology, Davidson College


M. Hasna Maznavi

Founder and President, The Women's Mosque of America


Omar McRoberts

Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago

Lupe Mendez

Founder, Tintero Projects


Afshi Charania Merchant

Aga Khan Council for Southwestern United States


Eric Mingle

House Church Director, Seven Mile Road Houston


Stephanie Y. Mitchem

Professor of Religious Studies, University of South Carolina

Geoffrey Mitelman

Rabbi and Founding Director, Sinai and Synapses


Steven Morgen

Associate Rabbi, Congregation Beth Yeshurun


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Richard J. Mouw

President Emeritus and Professor of Faith and Public Life, Fuller Theological Seminary


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Jerry Park

Associate Professor of Sociology, Baylor University

Nichole R. Phillips

Associate Professor in the Practice of Sociology of Religion and Culture, Candler School of Theology, Emory University



Jason Plotkin

Program Director, Congregation Emanu El


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Pamela Prickett

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Amsterdam


Gus Reyes

Director of Christian Life Commission, Texas Baptists


Matthew H. Russell

Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Fuller Institute for Recovery Ministry, Fuller Theological Seminary


Praveen Sethupathy

Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Cornell University

Rebecca Samuel Shah

Research Professor, Baylor University’s Institute for the Studies of Religion


Jason Shelton

Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Texas at Arlington


Manpreet K. Singh

Board Secretary, The Sikh Coalition


Felicia Wu Song

Associate Professor of Sociology, Westmont College

SpearIt

Professor of Law, Thurgood Marshall School of Law


Dru Stevenson

Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law


Ruth Lopez Turley

Professor of Sociology, Rice University


Brandon Walker

President, The Summer Institute

Rozella Haydee White

Owner, RHW Consulting


Jonathan Wiles

Senior Vice President of Programs, Living Water International


Janelle Wong

Professor of American Studies, University of Maryland


Fenggang Yang

Professor of Sociology, Purdue University

Advisory Board Members

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Melissa Alfaro

Pastor, Iglesia El Tabernaculo AD


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Katherine Leary Alsdorf

Interim Director, Global Faith & Work Initiative, Redeemer City to City


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Katelyn Beaty

Acquisitions Editor, Baker Publishing Group


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Luke Bobo

Director of Resource and Curriculum Development, Made to Flourish

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Jim Hackett

Partner, Riverstone Holdings LLC


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David Miller

Director, Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative


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Richard J. Mouw

President Emeritus and Professor of Faith and Public Life, Fuller Theological Seminary


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Jerry Park

Associate Professor of Sociology, Baylor University

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Alice Rhee

Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships and Growth, American Journalism Project


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Mark Roberts

Executive Director, Max De Pree Center for Leadership, Fuller Theological Seminary