Board of Advisors

Board of Advisors

John Barry
Author, Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty

Kit Bigelow
Former Director of External Affairs, National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States; international religious freedom and human rights advocate

Dr. Ann Braude
Director of the Women’s Studies in Religion Program and Senior Lecturer on American Religious History, Harvard Divinity School

Dr. Diana Butler Bass
Author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture

David Charles
Strategic Advisor, and Senior Content Strategist, Polymath Innovations

Cole Durham
Founding Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies and Susa Young Gates University Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, BYU

Dr. Thomas Farr
President, Religious Freedom Institute; Director, Religious Freedom Research Project, Georgetown University; Associate Professor of the Practice of Religion and International Affairs, Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service

Dr. Roger Finke
Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies, Penn State University and the
Director of the Association of Religion Data Archives

Dr. Linford D. Fisher
Associate Professor of History, Brown University

Dr. Spencer Fluhman
Executive Director, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship; Associate Professor of History, Brigham Young University; Editor-in-Chief, Mormon Studies Review

Dr. Robert P. George
McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence; Director, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University

Dr. Sara Georgini
Historian and Series Editor, The Adams Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society

Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr.
William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies, Princeton University

Dr. Philip Goff
Executive Director, Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture; Professor, Religious Studies and American Studies, IUPUI

Philip Goldberg
Writer, speaker, and author of American Veda and The Real Life of Yogananda

Dr. Joshua Goode
Associate Professor of History and Cultural Studies; Chair, Department of History; Claremont Graduate University

Dr. Kurt Graham
Director, Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum

Brian Grim, Ph.D.
Founder and President, Religious Freedom and Business Foundation

Cherie Harder
President, Trinity Forum

Dr. Paul Harvey
Professor of History, University of Colorado

Dr. Charles Haynes
Vice President, Newseum Institute; Executive Director, Religious Freedom Center; and Senior Scholar, First Amendment Center

Bradley Hirschfield
President, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership

Dr. David Holland
Associate Professor, Harvard Divinity School

Daniel Walker Howe
Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus, Oxford University
Professor of History Emeritus, University of California at Los Angeles;
author, What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser
President, American Islamic forum for Democracy;
author, A Battle for the soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot’s Fight to Save His Faith

Alan D. Johnson
Director, Church History Museum, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Richard Katskee
Legal Director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Douglas Laycock
Robert E. Scott Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law; Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia

Daniel Mach
Director, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief

Robert Marro
Trustee & Co-Chair Government Relations and Media, All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS)

Michael W. McConnell
Richard and Frances Mallery Professor, Stanford Law School; Director, Stanford Constitutional Law Center; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

Marilyn Mellowes
Series Producer, PBS series God in America

Dr. Diane L. Moore
Senior Lecturer on Religious Studies and Education, Harvard Divinity School

Suzanne Morgan
Sacred Space Ambassador, Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions

Dr. Pamela S. Nadell
Patrick Clendened Chair in Women’s & Gender History and Director, Jewish Studies Program, American University

Dr. Josh Perelman
Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions and Collections, National Museum of American Jewish History

Anthony Picarello, Jr.
Associate General Secretary & General Counsel, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Dr. Andrew Preston
Senior Lecturer in American History and Co-Editor, The Historical Journal, University of Cambridge; author, Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith

Eric Rassbach
Deputy General Counsel, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Melissa Rogers
Nonresident Senior Fellow – Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution; former Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Dr. Jenny Rose
Adjunct Professor (Zoroastrian Studies), Claremont Graduate University

Brett Scharffs
Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies and Francis R. Kirkham Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, BYU

Suhag A. Shukla
Executive Director, Hindu American Foundation

Dr. Simran Jeet Singh
Assistant Professor of Religion, Trinity University; Senior Religion Fellow, The Sikh Coalition

Hannah Smith
Senior Counsel, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Dr. Denise Spellberg
Professor of History and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin; author, Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders

Marc Stern
Associate General Counsel, American Jewish Committee

Dr. Harry Stout
Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Religious History, Yale University

Asma T. Uddin
Director of Strategy, The Center for Islam and Religious Freedom

Dr. Eric Lewis Williams
Curator of Religion, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History & Culture

Grant Wacker
Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus, Duke Divinity School

J. Brent Walker
Executive Consultant, Baptist Joint Committee

Phil Zuckerman
Professor of Sociology, Pitzer College


 Research Associates

Spencer Wells –
Spencer is a doctoral student at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg Virginia, studying the lives and fates of excommunicates in early America. He received his B.A. in American Studies from Brigham Young University in 2011. In his spare time he enjoys hiking and cooking.

Colleen Prior –
Colleen is a doctoral student at the Catholic University of America with a focus on religion and theodicy in modern America. She holds an MA in History from University College London. She is also the founder of Friends and Allies DC, a DC-area interfaith social club for young adults. She currently works in Visitor Services at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC.

Rebecca Hoffman –
Rebecca is a graduate student at the Catholic University of America, where she is completing an M.S.L.I.S. with a focus in Cultural Heritage Information Management. She earned her B.A. in French from the Catholic University of America in 2014. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting art museums and reading about France.