Can Charitable Choice Work?:
Covering Religion’s Impact on Urban Affairs
and Social Services
Edited by Andrew Walsh, Associate Director of the Greenberg Center
(Hartford, CT: Pew Program on Religion and the News Media
and the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life, 2001).


Nancy T. Ammerman is professor of sociology of religion at Hartford Seminary and the Hartford Institute for religious Research.  She holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and has taught at Yale and Emory University.  Her publications include: Southern Baptists Observed: Multiple Perspectives on a Changing Denomination, Baptist Battles: Social Change and Religious Conflict in the Southern Baptist Convention (1990), Bible Believers: Fundamentalists in the Modern World, (1987), Congregation & Community. (with Arthur Emery Farnsley) (1997), and Work, Family, and Religion in Contemporary Society (with Wade Clark Roof) (1995). She can be reached at or (860)509-9545.

Jan Shipps, professor emerita of history and religious studies at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis and senior researcher for the Polis Center.  She holds a doctoral degree in history from the University of Colorado and is regarded as the foremost non-Mormon scholar of that religion.  She is the author of many books and articles, including Mormonism, The Story of a New Religious Tradition and Sojourner in the Promised Land: Forty Years Among the Mormons. She can be reached at: or (812) 336-8244.

Gerald Gamm is associate professor of political science and history and chair of the political science department at the University of Rochester.  He holds a Ph.D. in government and history from Harvard University.  His publications include Urban Exodus: Why the Jews Left Boston and the Catholics Stayed (1999); “The Growth of Voluntary Associations in America, 1840-1940” (with Robert Putnam), Journal of Interdisciplinary History (1999); “Representing Urban Interests: The Local Politics of State Legislatures” (with Scott Allard and Nancy Burns), Studies in American Political Development (1998); The Making of New Deal Democrats (University of Chicago Press, 1989); and “Emergence of Legislative Institutions” (with Kenneth A. Shepsle), Legislative Studies Quarterly (1989).  He can be reached at or at (716) 275-8573.

Timothy Matovina is associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, where he specializes in theology and culture and U.S. Hispanic/Latino theology.  He holds a Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America and has taught at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and at the Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio.  His publications include: Tejano Religion and Ethnicity (1998), and, with Virgilio Elizondo, San Fernando Cathedral: Soul of the City (1998), and Mestizo Worship (1998).  He was also editor of Beyond Borders (2000) and co-editor of Perspectivas: Hispanic Ministry (1995), Presente!U.S. Latino Catholics from Colonial Origins to the Present (2000).  He can be reached at: or at (219) 631-3841.

Peter Dobkin Hall is Hauser Lecturer on Non-profit Organizations in the Kennedy School of Government.  He holds a Ph.D. in history from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  Associated with Yale’s Program on Non-Profit Organizations (PONPO) since its founding, he has also taught at Wesleyan University.  His published work includes Sacred Companies: Organizational Aspects of Religion and Religious Aspects of Organizations (1998), Lives in Trust: The Fortunes of Dynastic Families in Late Twentieth Century America (1992), Inventing the Non-profit Sector: Essays on Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Non-profit Organizations (1992), and The Organization of American Culture, 1700 –1900: Private Institutions, Elites, and the Origins of American Nationality (1982).  He is editor, with Colin B. Burke, of the chapter on voluntary, non-profit, and religious entities and activities for the forthcoming Millennial Edition of Historical Statistics of the United States.  He can be reached at: or (617) 495-5117.

Mark Chaves is associate professor of sociology at the University of Arizona.  He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University and has taught at Harvard, Loyola University in Chicago, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Arizona.  His publications include: Ordaining Women: Culture and Conflict in Religious Organizations (1997) and the forthcoming Congregations in America. He was the principal researcher of the 1998 National Congregations Study.

Frederick C. Harris is associate professor political science and director of the Center for the Study of African-American Politics at the University of Rochester.  He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University.  His publications include Something Within: Religion in African-American Political Activism (1999) and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken? The Erosion and Transformation of African-American Civic Life” in Civil Society, Democracy, and Civic Renewal (1999).  He has published articles in the Journal of Politics and Policy Studies Review and was chosen a 1998-1999 Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation.  He can be reached at: or (716) 275-4735.

Marc D. Stern, is assistant executive director of the American Jewish Congress and co-director of its Commission on Law and Social Action.  He is one of the nation’s foremost experts on the law of church and state.  He holds degrees from Yeshiva University and Columbia University School of Law.  He has practiced with the Congress since 1977, conducting litigation, preparing amicus curiae briefs, drafting legislation, and giving public testimony on the full range of church-state issues.  He compiles an annual survey of the law governing religion and the public schools, is the author of articles on “Jews and Public Morality” and “Anti-Semitism and the Law,” and served as principle drafter of the 1997 Presidential Directive “ Religion in the Federal Workplace.” He can be reached at or at (212) 360-1545.