Staff

Barry A. Kosmin, DIRECTOR

 A sociologist, is research professor in public policy and law at Trinity College. He was Principal Investigator of the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) series 1990, 2001, 2008. He is also co-author of One Nation Under God and of Religion in a Free Market.



Ariela Keysar, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

 A demographer, is associate research professor in public policy and law at Trinity College. She was study director of the 2001 and 2008 American Religious Identification Surveys and is co-author of Religion in a Free Market.



Alexis Maguina, STUDENT RESEARCH ASSITANT

Is a senior from Miami, Florida, who is double majoring in Public Policy & Law and Economics with a minor in Philosophy.

Juhem Navarro-Rivera, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

A political scientist with an interest in public opinion and political representation as well as a former ISSSC Research Fellow. He is co-author of various ISSSC publications including U.S. Latino Religious Identification 1990-2008: Change, Diversity and Transformation.


Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Is professor of psychology at the University of Haifa, Israel. His many books include The Psychology of Religious Behaviour, Belief and Experience and Despair and Deliverance: Private Salvation in Contemporary Israel.


Ryan T. Cragun, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida.  His research interests include: secularization, religious change, Mormonism, and religious independents/seculars.  His current research is looking at several ways in which secular society interacts with religious fundamentalism. 


Meera Nanda, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

 Is a public intellectual and writer on science and secularism. She is author, among other books, of Prophets Facing Backward (Rutgers University Press, 2004). Prophets Facing Backward was chosen as the best book in current history for 2007 by the Indian History Congress. She has a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY and a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.


Frank L. Pasquale Ph.D., RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

 Is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on individual and institutional forms of secularity, particularly in the United States. His work on the empirical study of secularity has appeared in Atheism and Secularity (P. Zuckerman, ed., Praeger Publishers, 2010), The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief (T. Flynn, ed., Prometheus Books, 2007), several ISSSC publications, and elsewhere.


Hector F. Sierra, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research and a MS in Mathematics from Stanford University, a BS in Chemical Engineering and a BS in Mathematics from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. He has over 15 years experience as an economist in the fields of financial decision-making, development, and quality-of-life measurement. He is currently head of risk management at the Treasury of the World Bank, Washington, D.C.


ISSSC is linked to Trinity’s Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life as part of the College’s Program on Public Values, an initiative designed to foster a comprehensive understanding of some of the central issues and ideas of the contemporary world.

The establishment of ISSSC has been made possible through the intellectual commitment and financial support of the Posen Foundation of Lucerne, Switzerland.