Other Conference Leaders

Peter L. Berger (Ph.D. New School for Social Research) is a University Professor Emeritus and Director of the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs. Professor Berger previously taught at the New School for Social Research, Rutgers University, Boston College, Hartford Theological Seminary and the University of North Carolina. He is a world-renowned sociologist and theologian, having written numerous books on sociological theory, sociology of religion, international affairs, and Third World development, which have been translated into dozens of languages. His classic book The Social Construction of Reality was written in 1966 with Thomas Luckmann. In 1992, Professor Berger was awarded the Mannes Sperber Prize, presented by the Austrian government for significant contributions to culture. Dr. Berger is the Director of the “Emerging Evangelical Intelligentsia” research project.

Timothy S. Shah (Ph.D. Harvard University) is Adjunct Senior Fellow for Religion and Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Senior Research Scholar at the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University. Formerly, he was Senior Fellow for Religion and World Affairs at the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. His academic work focuses on religion and foreign policy; religion and the theory and practice of democracy; global democratization; Third World religion and politics; South Asia; religion and domestic politics. He is also a Principal Researcher at the Religion in Global Politics Project at Harvard University and a Research Director at the Project on Evangelicalism and Democracy in the Global South. Dr. Shah is the Principal Investigator of the “Emerging Evangelical Intelligentsia” research project.

James C. Wallace (D.Min. Beeson Divinity School) is a PhD student in International Relations and Religion at Boston University. He has served as a clergyman for over 25 years in western Canada. He also worked in Canada as a senior advisor, policy consultant, and speech writer for a number of national political leaders. Dr. Wallace is the Senior Researcher of the “Emerging Evangelical Intelligentsia” research project and conference organizer for the “Opening of the Evangelical Mind” conference.

Os Guinness (D.Phil. University of Oxford) is a scholar, author and public intellectual. He was born in China during World War II and remained there until 1951 when the Communists forced most foreigners to leave. Since then he has lived mostly in England, Switzerland, and the United States. He has written or edited more than twenty books. Since 1984, he has lived in the Washington, DC area. He was a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies and a Guest Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He founded The Trinity Forum in 1991 and served as a Senior Fellow until 2003. He is one of the 1988 drafters of the Williamsburg Charter reaffirming the First Amendment. Dr. Guinness is on the advisory board of the “Emerging Evangelical Intelligentsia” project.

Michael Cromartie is Vice President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center where he directs the Evangelicals in Civic Life program and the Media and Religion program. On September 20, 2004, Mr. Cromartie was appointed by President George W. Bush to a two-year term on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. On July 1, 2005, he was elected chairman of the commission. He is also a Senior Advisor to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and a Senior Fellow with The Trinity Forum. Mr. Cromartie is on the advisory board of the “Emerging Evangelical Intelligentsia” project.

John Wilson is editor of Books & Culture for Christianity Today, a bimonthly review that engages the contemporary world from a Christian perspective in a lively mix of essays, memoirs, interviews, excerpts from new and forthcoming books and other regular features. Wilson is also editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and editor of The Best Christian Writing 2004. He has also written op-ed pieces for the New York Times and other leading news publications. Mr. Wilson is on the advisory board of the “Emerging Evangelical Intelligentsia” project.

Dana L. Robert (Ph.D. Yale University) is the Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission and the Co-Director of the Center for Global Christianity and Mission at Boston University. She has written numerous books, chapters and journal articles on missions and world Christianity. Her research and teaching interests span the fields of mission history, the history of world Christianity, and mission theology. Dr. Robert is on the advisory board of the “Emerging Evangelical Intelligentsia” project.

Robert W. Hefner (Ph.D. University of Michigan) is Professor and Director of Graduate Admissions at the Department of Anthropology, and Associate Director of the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University, where he directs the program on Islam and civil society. He has published more than a dozen books, as well as several major policy reports on Islam, civil society, democratization, multiculturalism, and politics and religion. He has served as consultant on Muslim and Southeast Asia for government and no-governmental organizations, and is the invited editor for the sixth volume of the forthcoming New Cambridge History of Islam – Muslims and Modernity: Society and Culture since 1800. Dr. Hefner is on the advisory board of the “Emerging Evangelical Intelligentsia” project.

D. Michael Lindsay (Ph.D. Princeton University) is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rice University, as well as the Assistant Director of the Center on Race, Religion, and Urban Life. Formerly, he served as a consultant on religion and culture at The George H. Gallup International Institute. He has received several awards for his writing, teaching, and speaking, and writes a regular column for Rev! magazine. His most recent book, Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite, is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive study of public leaders who are people of faith.

Andrew Chignell (Ph.D. Yale University) is an Assistant Professor in the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University. Previously, he was a Mellon Foundation Member, School of Historical Studies, at the Institute for Advanced Study. He specializes in Kant, early modern philosophy and philosophy of religion. He recently co-edited a festschrift entitled, God and the Ethics of Belief: New Essays in Philosophy of Religion.