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Contributors

Roberta Green Ahmanson

Roberta Green Ahmanson

is a writer and philanthropist. Born in 1949 in Perry, Iowa, Ahmanson is also an award-winning journalist, and co-author of Islam at the Crossroads, an attempt to outline the issues facing contemporary Muslims. Mrs. Ahmanson is a graduate of Calvin College. She holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Michigan and has completed a year of graduate study in journalism at the University of Missouri. She was also the recipient of a fellowship in the Program for Religious Studies for Journalists at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. After working as a freelance writer in Toronto, Canada, Mrs. Ahmanson moved to California, where she was Religion Editor of the Sun newspaper in San Bernardino and Religion Reporter for the Orange County Register. She has received journalism awards from Gannett News Service, the Religious Public Relations Council of New York, the Orange County Press Club, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County, California. In 1982 the Religion Newswriters Association listed her among the nation’s ten best religion reporters. Roberta Green Ahmanson is also a trustee of Fieldstead and Company, Inc., a private philanthropy founded by her husband, Howard Ahmanson, in 1979.

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John J. DiIulio Jr.

John J. DiIulio Jr.

is the Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society and Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. During his leave from Penn in academic year 2000–2001, he served as Assistant to the President of the United States, and first Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. He is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he directed the Center for Public Management. For thirteen years, he was Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He is author, co-author, or editor of a dozen books. His most recent major publications are Godly Republic: A Centrist Blueprint for America’s Faith-Based Future (University of California Press, 2007), and American Government: Institutions and Policies (with James Q. Wilson; Houghton Mifflin and Company, 2007, 11th edition). Dr. DiIulio received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he also served as a Head Resident Tutor. He won the David N. Kershaw Award of the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, and the Leonard D. White Award of the American Political Science Association (APSA). He has served as chairman of APSA’s standing committee on professional ethics.

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Michael J. Gerson

Michael J. Gerson

is the Roger Hertog Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a columnist syndicated with the Washington Post Writers Group, a contributor to Newsweek, and the author of Heroic Conservatism. He has been Assistant to the President for Policy and Strategic Planning (2005–2006); Assistant to the President for Speechwriting and Policy Adviser (2002–2005); Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Speechwriting (2001–2002); Chief Speechwriter and Senior Policy Adviser, Bush Presidential Campaign (1999–2000); and Senior Editor, Politics, U.S. News and World Report.

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Lela Gilbert

Lela Gilbert

is a freelance writer and editor who has authored or co-authored more than sixty published books. She writes primarily in the field of ecumenical Christian non-fiction, and her work includes the award-winning 1996 survey of anti-Christian persecution, Their Blood Cries Out, co-authored with Paul Marshall, and a primer on the Muslim faith, Islam at the Crossroads. She was also senior editor of the award-winning bestseller A Table in the Presence: The Dramatic Account of How a U.S. Marine Battalion Experienced God’s Presence amidst the Chaos of the War in Iraq, by Lt. Carey H. Cash. She has authored her own published fiction, children’s books, and poetry.

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James L. Guth

James L. Guth

is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Political Science at Furman University. He received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is the co-author of The Bully Pulpit: The Politics and Protestant Clergy (University Press of Kansas, 1998), Religion and the Culture Wars: Dispatches from the Field (Rowman and Littlefield, 1996), and The Bible and the Ballot Box (Westview, 1991). His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Science Researcher, American Politics Research, Social Science Quarterly, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociology of Religion, Journal of Common Market Studies, European Union Politics, and many other journals. He is currently co-editing the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics.

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Allen Hertzke

Allen Hertzke

is Professor of Political Science and Director of Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He is author of Representing God in Washington, an award-winning analysis of religious lobbies, which has been issued in a Chinese-language translation; and Echoes of Discontent, an account of church-rooted populist movements; he co-authored Religion and Politics in America, a comprehensive text now in its third edition. His latest book is titled Freeing God’s Children: The Unlikely Alliance for Global Human Rights. A frequent news commentator, Hertzke has been featured in such outlets as the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, London Times, Time Magazine, New Republic, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Weekly Standard, and on the BBC World Service, PBS, National Public Radio, and Swedish Radio. A winner of numerous teaching awards, Dr. Hertzke has lectured at the National Press Club, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, and before numerous audiences in China.

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Jeremy Lott

Jeremy Lott

is a contributing editor to Books & Culture and author of In Defense of Hypocrisy and The Warm Bucket Brigade, a history of the vice-presidency. He served for a time as the foreign press critic for GetReligion.org, a Web site that analyzes how the press covers religion. His writing has appeared in nearly a hundred publications in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands, and been praised by critics as disparate as Charles Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries and broadcaster of the Breakpoint radio commentaries, and Chris Mooney, author of The Republican War on Science. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia, and Lynden, Washington.

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Paul Marshall

Paul Marshall

is Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom. For eight years before joining Hudson, he worked at Freedom House, as Senior Fellow at the Center for Religious Freedom. He is the author and editor of more than twenty books on religion and politics, especially religious freedom, including more recently, Radical Islam’s Rules: The Worldwide Spread of Extreme Sharia Law (2005), The Rise of Hindu Extremism (2003), Islam at the Crossroads (2002), God and the Constitution (2002), The Talibanization of Nigeria (2002), Massacre at the Millennium (2001), Religious Freedom in the World (2000), Egypt’s Endangered Christians (1999), Just Politics (1998), Heaven Is Not My Home (1998), A Kind of Life Imposed on Man (1996), and the best-selling, award-winning survey of religious persecution worldwide Their Blood Cries Out (1997). He is the author of several hundred articles, and his writings have been translated into Russian, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Danish, Albanian, Japanese, Malay, Korean, Arabic, Farsi, and Chinese. He is a frequent demand for lectures and media appearances including interviews on ABC Evening News; CNN; PBS; Fox News; the British, Australian, Canadian, South African, and Japanese Broadcasting Corporations; and Al Jazeera. His work has been published in or the subject of articles in the New York Times, Wall St. Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, Christian Science Monitor, First Things, New Republic, Weekly Standard, Reader’s Digest, and many other newspapers and magazines.

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Terry Mattingly

Terry Mattingly

writes the nationally syndicated “On Religion” column for the Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C., and is director of the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He founded the GetReligion.org weblog in 2004 and it has been rated as one of the top religion-news sites at Beliefnet.com ever since. Mattinglyhas worked as a reporter and religion columnist at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver and the Charlotte Observer and the Charlotte News. His writing also appears at the Poynter Institute, in Again Magazine, Beliefnet, Culture11.com and numerous other publications. He is the author of the book “Pop Goes Religion: Faith in Popular Culture.”

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Michael Rubin

Michael Rubin

is editor of the Middle East Quarterly, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and author of Eternal Iran: Chaos and Continuity (2005). Between 2002 and 2004, he served as an Iran and Iraq staff advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has written for the Washington Post, Wall St. Journal, New Republic, National Review, and many other publications, and lectured at the Land Warfare Study Center, Marshall Center for European Strategic Studies, Woodrow Wilson School, Council on Foreign Relations, and elsewhere. Rubin is featured on Fox News and/or CNN a couple times per month and speaks frequently on NPR radio programs. His most recent op-eds have been in the Washington Post, National Review, and New York Sun. Rubin also lectures frequently to audiences both military (Land Warfare Study Center, Marshall Center for European Strategic Studies) and non-military (Woodrow Wilson School, American Council on Foreign Relations in Wichita, Indianapolis, Des Moines, etc.). He thanks his research assistant Suzanne Gershowitz for her valuable assistance with this chapter.

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Timothy Samuel Shah

Timothy Samuel Shah

is Senior Research Scholar at the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University and Adjunct Senior Fellow for Religion and Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, and formerly Senior Fellow in Religion and World Affairs at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. He is editor of a series of volumes on evangelical Protestantism and democracy in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to be published by Oxford University Press in 2008. He also serves as a principal researcher for the Religion in Global Politics research project at Harvard University. Shah’s work on religion and politics has appeared in the Journal of Democracy, SAIS Review of International Affairs, Political Quarterly, and Foreign Policy. His Harvard government department Ph.D. dissertation was awarded the Aaron Wildavsky Award for Best Dissertation in Religion and Politics by the American Political Science Association in 2003.

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Monica Duffy Toft

Monica Duffy Toft

is Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Political Science and Slavic Languages from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Toft was the Assistant Director of the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University from 1999 to 2006 and served as a research intern at the RAND Corporation and a consultant for an international firm for four years. She served in the U.S. Army in Germany as a Russian linguist. Her interests include international relations, nationalism and ethnic conflict, civil and interstate wars, demography and security, military and strategic planning, and religion and global politics. Professor Toft is the author of The Geography of Ethnic Violence (Princeton, 2003) and an edited volume, The Fog of Peace (Routledge, 2006). She is completing a book on the termination of civil wars and state building, Peace through Victory: The Durable Settlement of Civil Wars. She is the author of several articles on religion in international affairs and civil wars, is working on a book manuscript on the global resurgence of religion, and directs the Initiative on Religion in International Affairs at Harvard University.

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C. Danielle Vinson

C. Danielle Vinson

is Associate Professor of Political Science at Furman University. She authored Local Media Coverage of Congress and Its Members, has authored or coauthored articles on media and the courts and campaign finance, and is researching communication in political campaigns and communication in Congress.

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Amy Welborn

Amy Welborn

has been writing for the Catholic press for fifteen years, has been published in Commonweal, Liguorian, First Things, and Writer’s Digest, is the author of several books, and is a regular columnist for the Florida Catholic, Our Sunday Visitor, and Catholic News Service. Currently, the bulk of her energy is directed at blogging (amywelborn.typepad.com) and writing books.

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