Religious Freedom Advocate, Washington, D.C.
Jennifer Bryson studied Political Science as an undergraduate at Stanford, medieval European intellectual history for an MA in History at Yale, and Greco-Arabic and Islamic studies for a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale. She has worked in journalism and for the Department of Defense. She is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the U.S. Army War College where she teaches Conflict and Religion in the M.A. program of the Department of Distance Education.
Maryann Cusimano Love
Associate Professor of International Relations, The Catholic University of America
Maryann Cusimano Love serves on the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ International Justice and Peace Committee, and the Advisory Board of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, a network of practitioners, academics, clergy, and laity from around the world in the field of Catholic peacebuilding. She served as a Fellow at the Commission on International Religious Freedom. She teaches graduate and undergraduate International Relations courses at Catholic University and the Pentagon.
Director of Service Learning & Assistant Professor of Theology, Holy Cross College
Michael Griffin has just published a new book, The Politics of Penance: Proposing an Ethic for Social Repair, which examines the way that penitential practice can be incorporated into models of global justice. Griffin also edited the 2014 book, In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez.
Assistant Professor of International Studies, Redeemer University College
Robert Joustra is co-editor of God and Global Order, an editorial fellow with The Review of Faith & International Affairs, and a fellow with the Center for Public Justice (D.C.). His research focus is on international theory and religious freedom, prior to which he worked for many years with the think tank Cardus.
Associate Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School
Kristine Kalanges’ research interests include development and human rights, international political economy, legal and political philosophy, and religious freedom. Her prior work focused on comparative law and religion, while her current scholarship analyzes ethical issues at the intersection of law and international political economy.
Head of International Cooperation, John Paul II Center, Warsaw
Ms. Klepacka’s research interests include transitional justice, the politics of memory, victims rights and institutional development. For the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, she developed projects and resources on national human rights institutions, detainees’ rights, and human rights defenders. She has actively promoted access to justice for trafficked persons among relevant state and civil society stakeholders.
Associate Professor of Political Science, Xavier University
Anas Malik’s research interests include Muslim political economy, polycentric governance, and interreligious relations. He is an Associate Professor with the Department of Political Science at Xavier University (Cincinnati), and Affiliated Faculty with the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University (Bloomington). At the Ostrom Workshop, he is co-convener of the Working Group on Islamic Texts and Tradition as a Commons. He is the author of Political Survival in Pakistan: Beyond Ideology (Routledge, 2011).
Assistant Professor, Villanova University
Daniel Mark is a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). At Villanova he teaches political theory, philosophy of law, American government, and politics and religion, and serves an assistant editor of Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy.
John M. Owen, IV
Taylor Professor of Politics, University of Virginia
John M. Owen IV is Ambassador Henry J. and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Politics, and a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. His newest book is Confronting Political Islam: Six Lessons from the West’s Past (Princeton, 2014).
Professor of the Practice of Catholic Peacebuilding, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame
Gerard Powers coordinates the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, linking scholars with Catholic leaders from war-torn countries. Powers specializes in the ethics of the use of force, the role of religion in conflict and peacebuilding, and religion, ethics and U.S. foreign policy.
Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs and Senior Counsel, Americans United for Life
William L. Saunders, Jr. is Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs and Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life (AUL). He directs AUL’s international project and writes and speaks on a wide-range of life-related and human rights topics.
Timothy Samuel Shah
Associate Director, Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center, Georgetown University
Timothy Samuel Shah is a political scientist specializing in the relationship between religion and political freedom in theory, history, and contemporary practice. His articles on religion and global politics have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Journal of Democracy, the Review of Politics, and elsewhere.
Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University
Mariz Tadros studies the politics and human development of the Middle East. Areas of specialisation include democratisation, Islamist politics, gender, sectarianism, human security and religion and development. She has published over 300 articles on subjects including civil society, poverty and social justice.