June 14, 2005

John C. Green of the University of Akron joins the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Director of the Bliss Institute will be a senior fellow in religion and American politics

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life announced today that Dr. John C. Green will join the Forum as a senior fellow in religion and American politics during the 2005-06 academic year. Green, one of the nation’s foremost experts on the influence of religion on American politics, is the director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Akron.

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“I could not be more pleased to have a person of John’s stature join us at the Pew Forum,” said Director Luis Lugo. “His proven ability to conduct rigorous research and communicate the findings to the media and other interested parties will greatly enhance the Forum’s efforts to provide timely and impartial reporting on religion’s role in American politics.”

Green has done extensive research on American religious communities and politics, and he has enjoyed a long association with the Pew Forum and other projects supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Since 1990, the Trusts have supported Green’s widely cited surveys, conducted in presidential election years, on the political fault lines running through America’s religious landscape. Green is also co-author of The Diminishing Divide: Religion’s Changing Role in American Politics (Brookings Institution Press, 2000), with Andrew Kohut, president of the Forum’s parent organization, the Pew Research Center, and Scott Keeter, the Center’s director of survey research.

Green is the co-author of The Values Campaign: The Christian Right in American Politics (Georgetown University Press, 2005), The Bully Pulpit: The Politics of Protestant Clergy (University Press of Kansas, 1997), and Religion and the Culture Wars (Rowman & Littlefied, 1996). In addition he has published more than 60 scholarly articles and more than 35 essays in the popular press. He is widely known as an observer of national and Ohio politics, and is frequently quoted in the press, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, NPR, CNN, ABC and CBS.

Green received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Cornell University in 1983 and his B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado in 1975.

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life delivers timely, impartial information to national opinion leaders on issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs; it also serves as a neutral venue for discussion of these matters. The Forum is a project of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan “fact tank” that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. For more information, visit www.pewforum.org.