People

Religion and Public Life Program

STAFF and FELLOWS

Staff

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Laura Achenbaum

Associate Director of Research


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Hayley Hemstreet

Program Manager

Graduate Student Fellows

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Jauhara Ferguson

PhD Student in Sociology, Rice University


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Kerby Goff

Graduate Student Research Fellow, Penn State 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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Bianca Mabute-Louie

PhD Student in Sociology, Rice University


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Sharan Kaur Mehta

PhD Student in Sociology, Rice University


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Enrique Quezada

PhD Student in Political Science, Rice University


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Esmeralda Sanchez Salazar

PhD Student in Sociology, Rice University

Undergraduate Student Fellows

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Adrienne Bradley

Undergraduate Student, Rice University


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Lindsey Schirn

Undergraduate Student, Rice University

Non-Resident Research Fellows

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Daniel Bolger

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University


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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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Jacqui Frost

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Purdue University

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David R. Johnson

Associate Professor of Higher Education, Georgia State University


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Simranjit Khalsa

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Memphis


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Oneya Okuwobi

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Cincinnati


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Jared Peifer

Associate 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


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Bob Thomson

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Alabama in Huntsville


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Cleve V. Tinsley IV

Assistant Professor of History and Political Science, 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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Elaine Howard Ecklund

Professor of Sociology, Rice University


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John H. Evans

Professor of Sociology, UC San Diego


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Andrea Henderson-Platt

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of South Carolina

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David R. Johnson

Associate Professor of Higher Education, Georgia State University


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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


Ruth Bancewicz

Church Engagement Director, The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion


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

Georgia Dunston

Professor of Human Immunogenetics, Howard University


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Elaine Howard Ecklund

Professor of Sociology, Rice University


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

Shirazeh Houshiary

Visual Artist


Lee Hsia

Campus Pastor, Houston's First Baptist Church


Alexander Johnson

Executive Pastor, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church


Frauke Josenhans

Associate Curator, Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University

Se Kim

Director of Membership and Governance, National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine


Mark Labberton

President, Fuller Theological Seminary


Marilyn Lee

Executive Director, Loving Houston


Moramay López-Alonso

Associate Professor of History, Rice University

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


Enuma Okoro

Writer


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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


Christopher P. Scheitle
Christopher P. Scheitle

Assistant Professor of Sociology, West Virginia University

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