National Advisory Board

Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute

The Religious Freedom Center’s national board of advisors represents a broad range of perspectives¬†but are united by the shared vision of religious freedom as an inalienable right for all people. The following advisors provide candid guidance and feedback as we create new initiatives and plan programs. Affiliations are included for identification purposes only.


Shakeeb Alam
Co-Founder and President
East Bridge Capital Management, LPKristina Arriaga, M.A.
Executive Director, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Commissioner, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Murali Balaji, Ph.D.
Director of Education and Curriculum Reform
Hindu American Foundation

Thomas C. Berg, J.D., M.A., M.A.
James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy
University of St. Thomas School of Law

Marshall J. Breger, J.D., M.A.
Professor of Law, Columbus School of Law
The Catholic University of America

Galen Carey, D.Min., M.Div.
Vice President, Government Relations
National Association of Evangelicals

Kim Colby, J.D.
Director, Center for Law and Religious Freedom
Christian Legal Society

Mark A. Chancey, Ph.D., M.A.
Professor of Religious Studies
Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
Southern Methodist University

Larry T. Decker
Executive Director
Secular Coalition for America

Robert A. Destro, J.D.
Professor of Law
Director, Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion
Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America
Distinguished Fellow
Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute

Nathan Diament, J.D.
Executive Director
Orthobox Union Advocacy Center

W. Cole Durham Jr.
Founding Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies
J Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University

Susan Douglass, Ph.D.
Education Outreach Coordinator
Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Georgetown University

Diana L. Eck, Ph.D., M.A.
Founder and Director, The Pluralism Project
Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies
Frederic Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society
Harvard College Professor
Faculty Dean of Lowell House

Thomas F. Farr, Ph.D., M.A.
President, The Religious Freedom Institute
Director, Religious Freedom Project, Berkley Center
Assoc. Prof. of the Practice of Religion and Int’l Affairs,
Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Jack Fitzmier, Ph.D., M.Div., M.A.
Executive Director
American Academy of Religion

Mary F. Foskett, Ph.D.
Kahle Professor of Religion and Albritton Fellow
Department for the Study of Religions
Wake Forest University

Richard T. Foltin, J.D.
Director of National and Legislative Affairs
American Jewish Committee

The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr., Ph.D., M.Div.
Director of Religion
Chautauqua Institution

Maggie Garrett, J.D.
Director of Legislative Affairs
Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Mark Goldfeder, J.D., LL.M., S.J.D.
Senior Lecturer, Emory Law School
Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Law and Religion
Director, Law and Religion Students Programs
Adjunct Prof., Emory U. Dept. of Religion
Adjunct Prof., Georgia State U. College of Law

Os Guinness, D.Phil.
Former Executive Director
Williamsburg Charter Foundation

K. Hollyn Hollman, J.D.
General Counsel and Associate Executive Director
Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

Michael Kessler, J.D., Ph.D.
Assoc. Prof. of the Practice, Moral and Political Theory
Dept. of Government, Georgetown University
Managing Director, Berkley Center
Adjunct Prof. of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

John F. Kutsko, Ph.D., M.A.
Executive Director
Society of Biblical Literature

The Rev. N. J. L’Heureux Jr., M.Div.
Executive Director
Queens Federation of Churches

Douglas Laycock, J.D.
Robert E. Scott Distinguished Professor of Law
University of Virginia Law SchoolThe Rev. Stephen Lewis. M.Div.
President of Religion
Forum for Theological Exploration

Dwayne Leslie, J.D.
Director of Legislative Affairs
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Daniel Mach, J.D.
Director, Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief
American Civil Liberties Union

Todd R. McFarland, J.D.
Associate General Counsel
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Peter Manseau, Ph.D.
Lilly Endowment Curator of American Religious History
Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of American History

Colby M. May, J.D.
Director and Senior Counsel, Washington Office
American Center for Law and Justice

Elliot M. Mincberg, J.D.
Senior Fellow
People For the American Way Foundation

Rabbi Jack Moline
President, Interfaith Alliance

Jeffrey Hunter Moon, J.D.
Director of Legal Affairs and Solicitor
Office of General Counsel
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Erik Owens, Ph.D., M.T.S.
Associate Director
Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life
Assoc. Prof. of the Practice in Theology and Int’l Studies
Boston College

Eboo Patel, Ph.D.
Founder and President
Interfaith Youth Core

Mirin Phool
Co-Founder and President
Kaur Foundation

Brett G. Scharffs, J.D., M.A.
Francis R. Kirkham Professor of Law
Director, International Center for Law and Religion
J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University

Timothy Samuel Shah, Ph.D.
Assoc. Director, Religious Freedom Project
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs
Sr. Advisor and Director, South and Southeast Asia Action Team
Religious Freedom Institute
Assoc. Prof. of the Practice of Religion and Global Politics
Georgetown University Government Department

Kashif Shaikh
Executive Director
Pillars Fund

Roy Speckhardt, M.B.A.
Executive Director
American Humanist Association

Sayyid M. Syeed, Ph.D.
National Director
Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances
Islamic Society of North America

The Rev. Oliver S. Thomas, J.D., L.LM., M.Div.
Interim Superintendent
Knox County Schools

Asma Uddin, J.D.
Director of Strategy
Center for Islam and Religious Freedom

Eugene Volokh, J.D.
Gary T. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Law
The University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law

John Witte, Jr.
Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law
McDonald Distinguished Professor
Director, Center for the Study of Law and Religion
Emory University School of Law

Michael D. Waggoner, Ph.D., M.A.
Professor of Postsecondary Education
University of Northern Iowa
Editor, Journal of Religion and Education
Routledge Book Series Editor, Research on Religion and Education

Lance Walker
Director, Office of Public and International Affairs
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Joel West Williams, J.D., LL.M.
Staff Attorney
Native American Rights Fund

The Rev. Dr. George B. Wirth, D.Min., D.D.
C.F. Foundation

 


 

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