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Salam Al-Marayati is the director and one of the founders of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), a public service, non-profit, non-partisan agency that disseminates accurate information about Islam and Muslims to the media and to our elected officials. For 13 years, Al-Marayati has worked to promote harmony between Muslims and their fellow Americans through interfaith dialogue and working in concert with local and national officials. Al-Marayati has made numerous appearances in major national media outlets to discuss issues pertinent to Americans and American Muslims. His past activities include advising the U.S. State Department on counter-terrorism issues and a 2002 address to the State Department on "Rising Voice of Moderate Muslims." He also has served as commissioner of the Human Relations Committee in Los Angeles; as a member of the Executive Committee for the Democratic National Part; as board member of the American Committee to save Bosnia and co-chair of the Interfaith Coalition to Heal Los Angeles. Al-Marayati has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, L.A. Daily News, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and USA Today. He also has been interviewed on CNN, PBS, MSNBC, Fox News, CNBC and all major national networks.

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Judy Pace Christie is a veteran journalist who owns a consulting business that offers down-to-earth tools for improving newspapers. Her work includes coaching newspaper executives and mid-level editors in leadership skills and job growth, newspaper critiques and strategic planning. She has been a top editor at newspapers in Florida, Louisiana, Indiana and Tennessee and has held a variety of leadership roles within the newspaper industry. She speaks frequently around the country on topics such as ethics and credibility, diversity and how journalists can balance their professional and personal lives. Her firm, Judy Christie Consulting Services, is based in Shreveport, La. She has a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a master’s degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport.

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David Domke is an associate professor in the communication department at the University of Washington. He is also adjunct faculty in the department of political science. Before coming to academics, he worked as a journalist at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Orange County (CA) Register. Domke’s research examines the relationships among political elites and news media, individual values and cognitions, and social change. Among the topics examined in this research is national identity in the aftermath of September 11, race relations including racial profiling, crime, immigration, abortion, gays in the military, health care, euthanasia, gun control, and education. In 2002, Domke was honored with the University of Washington distinguished Teaching Award. Domke holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota.

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Rod Dreher is a columnist with The Dallas Morning News. His editorial responsibilities include religion, national politics (especially conservative), urban planning/quality of life, abortion, affirmative action, media, cultural conflict, and Israel. Dreher formally worked as the senior editor at The National Review. He is currently writing a book for Random House/Crown about "crunchy conservatism." Dreher holds a B.A. from Louisiana State University.

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Jean Bethke Elshtain is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political ethics in the University of Chicago Divinity School and co-chair of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Elshtain is a political philosopher who seeks to show the connections between our political and ethical convictions. Her books include Public Man, Private Woman: Women in Social Thought; The Family in Political Thought; Meditations on Modern Political Thought; Women and War; Democracy on Trial (a New York Times "Notable Book" for 1995); Augustine and the Limits of Politics; Real Politics: At the Center of Everyday Life; New Wine in Old Bottles: Politics and Ethical Discourse; and Who Are We? Critical Reflections, Hopeful Possibilities, for which she received the Theologos Award for Best Academic Book 2000 by the Association of Theological Booksellers. In 2002, she published a book, Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy, and an edited volume, The Jane Addams Reader, which won second place for biography in 2002 from Society of Midand Authors. In 2003, she published Just War against Terror: The Burden of American Power in a Violent World, which was named one of the best non-fiction books of 2003 by Publisher's Weekly. Elshtain lectures, both abroad and in the United States, on the topic of whether democracy will prove sufficiently robust and resilient to survive. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University and is currently on the Board of Trustees of the National Humanities Center and on the Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy. She has been a Phi Beta Kappa lecturer, is the recipient of nine honorary degrees, and received the 2002 Frank J. Goodnow Award, the American Political Science Association's highest award for distinguished service to the profession. In 2003, Professor Elshtain was the second holder of the Maguire Chair in American History and Ethics at the Library of Congress.

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Gaston Espinosa is an assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies at Claremont McKenna College. He also is currently the editorial advisor for the Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America. Espinosa’s areas of expertise include American religious history, Latino religions and politics, the history of Christianity, and the connections between religion and political activism. Prior to entering academia, Espinosa worked as the manager of a $1.3 million Pew Hispanic Churches in American Public Life Research Project, and before that, as director of the National Conference of Hispanic Churches in American Public Life. His work has been published in numerous academic journals and books, and he has lectured at many institutions and events, including the National Hispanic Presidential Breakfast with President George W. Bush and Senator Joseph Lieberman in 2002. Espinosa is the recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow from Northwestern University (2002-2004), and the Generations Center of Princeton 100 Positive Men of Color National Award (2002-2003). Espinosa received his M.Div. from Princeton, his M.Ed. from Harvard, and his Ph.D. from University of California at Santa Barbara.

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John H. Evans is an associate professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. He has been a post-doctoral fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in health policy research program at Yale, a visiting member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, and an assistant professor at UCLA. His research focuses on religion, culture, politics and science. He is the author of “Playing God? Human Genetic Engineering and the Rationalization of Public Bioethical Debate” and “The Quiet Hand of God: Faith-Based Activism and the Public Role of Mainline Protestantism.” His areas of expertise include sociology of culture, knowledge, religion, medicine, bioethics, and politics. Evans holds a Ph.D. from Princeton and a B.A. from Macalester College.

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Rosalind I. J. Hackett is a distinguished professor in the humanities department at the University of Tennessee where she teaches Religious Studies and Anthropology. Last year she was a Rockefeller visiting fellow at the Joan B Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Most of her publications are on religion in Africa, notably on new religious movements, and issues of gender, conflict, media, and religious freedom.

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Jay T. Harris holds the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Journalism and Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California where he joined the faculty in October 2002. He also serves as the founding director of The Center for the Study of Journalism and Democracy, which is located at the school. Harris is also founder and president of Deep River Associates and has held the post of Robert C. Maynard Fellow in the Graduate School of Journalism at the UC Berkeley, where his work focused on journalism as a public trust. From 1994 to 2001 Harris was chairman and publisher of the San Jose Mercury News. During his seven years as publisher the paper rose to national prominence for the quality of its journalism. The Columbia Journalism Review ranked it one of the ten best newspapers in the country. Harris began his journalism career in 1970 at the Wilmington (DE) News-Journal papers where he worked as a reporter and editor. Between 1975 and 1982, he was on the faculty of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and served as assistant dean of the school. In 1982 he moved to Washington, D.C. where he worked as a national correspondent and columnist for Gannett News Service. Harris joined Knight Ridder, the parent company of the Mercury News, in 1985 as executive editor of the Philadelphia Daily News. In 1988 he joined the Knight Ridder corporate staff as assistant to the president of the company’s Newspaper Division. Two years later he was promoted to vice president/operations, a position in which he eventually had oversight responsibility for nine of the company’s newspapers. His professional work has been recognized with awards from numerous universities, public benefit corporations, social justice organizations, and national journalism and journalism education organizations. He is a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board of Directors and the National Advisory Board of the Poynter Institute. He has received honorary doctorates from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, his alma mater, and Santa Clara University in California. Harris is married and has three children and lives with his family in Los Gatos, CA.

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Melissa Harris-Lacewell is assistant professor of political science at the University of Chicago where she specializes in the study of African American political attitudes. Her book Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, (Princeton 2004) specifies how African Americans develop political ideologies through interaction with one another in the black counter public. Her substantive research interests include the study of African American ideology, political socialization, and American public opinion and political behavior. Her interests also include experimental research methods and quantitative modeling of public opinion. Harris-Lacewell is an affiliated faculty member with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, the Center for Gender Studies, and the Program in Social Psychology. She is a researcher with the Black Civil Society project and is co-editing a volume entitled Fractured Rainbow: Race and Civil Society in the United States. Her new research focuses on the connections between mental health and politics among African American women. She received her Ph.D. from Duke University.

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Allen D. Hertzke is a professor of political science and director of Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma and an internationally recognized expert on religion and politics. He is author of several books, including “Representing God in Washington,” “Echoes of Discontent,” and his most recent book “Freeing God’s Children: The Unlikely Alliance for Global Human Rights.” A frequent news commentator, Hertzke has been featured in such outlets as The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Weekly Standard, Los Angeles Times, National Review, BBC World Service, PBS, National Public Radio, and Swedish Radio. Hertzke has lectured at the National Press Club, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Council on Foreign Relations, and before numerous audiences in China.

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Patricia O'Connell Killen is professor of American religions, chair of the Department of Religion, and director of the Center for Religion, Cultures, and Society in the Western United States at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. Killen’s research focuses on how broad regional social and cultural factors influence and are influenced by individual and institutional religious dynamics and sensibility. Killen has worked extensively with journalists regionally and nationally on religion in the West. She is the primary editor of “Religion and Public Life in the Pacific Northwest: The None Zone.” Killen received the Paul Bator Memorial Award for the year 2000, from the Canadian Catholic Historical Association for “Writing the Pacific Northwest into Canadian and U.S. Catholic History: Geography, Demographics, and Regional Religion,” which appeared in Historical Studies. Killen received her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in religious studies from Stanford University.

Chris Lehmann is features editor for New York Magazine. Until June 2004, he was deputy editor of the Washington Post Book World, and a weekly books columnist for the Post. His prior journalism jobs include stints at Newsday, Tikkun, Mother Jones, In These Times and the San Francisco Examiner. Lehmann is the author of “Revolt of the Masscult” and has written on religion for Harper's, Raritan, and Newsday. He holds a Masters Degree from the University of Rochester and a B.A. from Grinnell College.

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William W. May is associate professor of religion at the University of Southern California, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in social ethics, with special focus on business ethics and medical ethics. He also teaches a course on death and dying. He has published books and articles on professional ethics. His recent publications include (with Bruce Zawacki) “Continuous Quality Improvement in Case Reviews Facilitated by Hospital Ethics Committees,” in Margin of Error: The Necessity, Inevitability, and Ethics of Mistakes in Medicine, 1999; Beyond Compliance: Business Ethics and the Law, 1992; Casebook on Ethics in the Accounting Curriculum, 1990 (and updated versions in 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994), and a book he edited, Ethics in Higher Education, 1990. May has worked extensively as a presenting ethics expert or as an ethics consultant to various professions and business. He earned a B.A., in Religion from Columbia College, Columbia University and his B.D. and Ph.D. in Religion from Drew University.

Stephen V. Monsma retired this summer as professor of political science and director of the Washington, D.C. Internship Program at Pepperdine University. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Henry Institute for Study of Religion and Politics, Calvin College, as well as a nonresident fellow at the Center for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Center for Public Justice. Monsma served in the Michigan House of Representatives (1972-78) and Michigan Senate (1978-82). He also was a member of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission (1983-85) and a member of the top management team in the Michigan Department of Social Services (1985-87). He is the author of many books, including “Working Faith: How Religious Organizations Provide Welfare-to-Work Services” and “The Challenge of Pluralism: Church and State in Five Democracies.” His new book, “Mapping the Terrain: Welfare-to-Work in an Age of Devolution” is in the preparation stages. In addition, Monsma has contributed chapters to numerous books, and has authored articles in many journals, including the Journal of Church and State, Notre Dame Journal of Law, and the American Journal of Political Science. Monsma holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

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Richard J. Mouw is the president of the Fuller Theological Seminary, and professor of Christian Philosophy. He joined the faculty of Fuller in 1985, after 17 years as a professor at Calvin College. Mouw has published eleven books, and authored articles, reviews, and essays, which appear in more than 30 journals. Among his books are “The God Who Commands: A Study in Divine Ethics, Uncommon Decency, Consulting the Faithful, and The Smell of Sawdust.” He is a regular columnist on "Beliefnet" web Magazine. Mouw holds a L.L.D. from Northwestern College, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

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Pauletta Otis is a senior fellow in religion and international affairs at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. She is a leading expert on cultural and religious violence with special expertise in the study of sub-national violence and combines both the theoretical with operational experience and expertise. She has conducted field research in conflict situations in South Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the eastern Mediterranean. She was professor of political science and international studies at the University of Southern Colorado (1989-2004) and held the positions of distinguished visiting professor of international security studies at the Joint Military Intelligence College (1998, DOD), visiting scholar at the National Security Education Program (1999, NDU), and professor of international security studies (2002-2004 JMIC). She has served as a member of the Defense Intelligence Advisory Board, Defense Science Policy Board Summer Study on Homeland Security and in a senior advisory capacity for the U.S. military chaplains. Recent publications include Religious Terrorism, published by the Journal of Defense Intelligence (Spring 2002); The Academic in the Intelligence Community, (Spring 2003); Ethnic Conflict: What Kind of War? published by the Naval War College (1999). Otis holds a Ph.D. from the University of Denver.

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Cheryl Phillips is an investigative reporter at The Seattle (WA) Times specializing in computer-assisted reporting. For the past year she has focused on the non-profit world. Coverage included a project on mismanagement at Seattle's public television station which led to the station president's resignation; a story on a Washington fair that acts more like a private club than a non-profit; and a story detailing problems that led to the closure of the Bellevue Art Museum. She also analyzed charitable data for an examination into the state of non-profits across Washington. Phillips previously worked as computer-assisted reporting editor for USA Today's sports section. While there, she analyzed non-profit data and edited a project on athlete charities and how they operate. Prior to USA TODAY, she was a projects editor at The Detroit News, and worked as a reporter in Montana and Texas. She has received several awards for her journalism work. Most recently, she was part of a team covering the Washington D.C. snipers. That coverage was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in breaking news in 2002. She is a board member for Investigative Reporters and Editors and often speaks and trains at IRE's regional and national conferences.

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Melissa Rogers was appointed to the position of visiting professor of religion and public policy at Wake Forest University Divinity School in the fall of 2003. She previously served as the founding executive director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in Washington, D.C. Previous to her leadership at the Pew Forum, Rogers served as general counsel of the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs. Rogers was recently recognized by the National Journal as one of the church-state experts "politicians will call on when they get serious about addressing an important public policy issue." Rogers has written widely about the relationship between religion and government, including President Bush’s faith-based initiative and charitable choice. She is currently co-authoring a book on religion and law. Rogers will also be published in the forthcoming book, “The Constitution and Faith-Based Public Services.” Rogers earned her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was a member of the National Moot Court Team and a Legal Writing Instructor. She holds a B.A. from Baylor University.

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Wade Clark Roof is a professor of religion and society and director of Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion and Public Life at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is also a columnist for Beliefnet.com. Roof’s areas of academic interest include American Religious Trends, the Sociology of Religion, and Ethnography. Currently, he is conducting research on religious pluralism and civic c culture in California, and religious change through the generations. His published work includes “Spiritual Marketplace: Baby Boomers and the Remaking of American Religion”, and “Contemporary American Religion.” Roof holds a Ph.D. in sociology and psychology of religion from the University of North Carolina.

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Timothy Samuel Shah is a senior fellow in religion and international affairs at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. He also serves as co-director of the Religion in Global Politics research project organized by the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Shah has served as research director for an international study of "Evangelical Protestantism and Democracy in the Global South," funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, and is currently co-editing a four-volume series on this subject to be published by Oxford University Press next year, in addition to writing a book on the political impact of religious nationalism in South Asia. His Ph.D. dissertation on religion and the origins of liberal political thought in early modern Europe was awarded the prestigious Aaron Wildavsky Award for Best Dissertation in Religion and Politics by the American political science Association (2003). Shah has an A.B. in Government and a Ph.D. in political science, both from Harvard University.

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Mark A. Shibley is associate professor of sociology at Southern Oregon University where he coordinates an interdisciplinary social science and policy program in environmental studies. His book, “Resurgent Evangelicalism in the United States: Mapping Cultural Change Since 1970,” won the distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion in 1997. His publications include articles on the Christian Right and on the role of religious organizations in the contemporary environmental movement. Shibley’s most recent work on the spirituality of the “unchurched” was published in Religion and Public Life in the Pacific Northwest: The None Zone.

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Mark Silk is the director for the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College. He is also an associate professor of religion, and the editor of Religion in the News magazine. Silk has worked as a reporter, editorial writer, and columnist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and as an editor at the Boston Review. Silk is the author of “Unsecular Media: Making News of Religion in America” and “Spiritual Politics: Religion and American Society Since World War II.” He co-wrote, with his late father, New York Times economics columnist Leonard Silk, “The American Establishment” and “Making Capitalism Work.” Silk holds a Ph. D. and B.A. in medieval history from Harvard University.

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Thomas W. Simons, Jr. is director of the project on “Eurasia in Transition” at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, consulting professor at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and provost’s visiting professor at Cornell University. Simons lived in British India and newly independent Pakistan in a diplomatic family in the 1940s, and ended a 35-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service as Ambassador to Pakistan (1996-1998) and as Consulting professor of History at Stanford (1998-2002). He taught courses on 20th-century Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan and varieties of Islamic revival since 1870 at Harvard University. He is author of “Islam in a Globalizing World.” Simons studied Islamic history in the Classical Period under Sir Hamilton A.R. Gibb as a Harvard Ph.D. candidate in the 1950s.

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Amy Sullivan is an editor of The Washington Monthly. Previously, she served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle and as editorial director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Her articles on religion and politics have appeared in the American Prospect, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Washington Post, and other publications. A Michigan native, she holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Harvard Divinity School, and is currently a doctoral candidate in sociology at Princeton University.

Krista Tippett is the creator and host of Speaking of Faith, public radio’s national conversation about belief, meaning, ethics, and ideas. A journalist and former diplomat with a Masters of Divinity from Yale University, Tippett is a graduate of Brown University and a former Fulbright Scholar. In the 1980’s, she reported and wrote for a number of international news organizations, among them the New York Times, Newsweek, the International Herald Tribune, Die Zeit, ABC, and the BBC. She was later appointed special assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to West Germany. While consulting in the 1990’s with the internationally renowned Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at St. John’s Abbey and University, she conceived the idea of Speaking of Faith - a radio program to bring a wide range of thoughtful religious voices into American life.

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Sean P. Treglia joined USC's Annenberg School for Communication in September, 2003 as a senior advisor for democracy initiatives. In this role he designs course agenda and convenes regional workshops to train journalists how to effectively cover campaign finance issues; has organized hearings for the Los Angeles City Council on upcoming cable franchise negotiations; managed a state appointed commission to develop and promote ideas and recommendations for extending the campaign finance laws to online political activities; and teaches a class on media and the First Amendment. Treglia also serves as a Commissioner on the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, the local campaign finance and government ethics regulatory body. Immediately preceding his position at Annenberg, Treglia was a program officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts for almost seven years focusing on improving elections, which included federal campaign finance reform, working to professionalize the political consulting profession, and working to promote journalistic best practices.

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Steven Waldman is the CEO, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Beliefnet. Waldman has broad experience as an editor, writer and manager, most recently as national editor of U.S. News & World Report. Before that, he worked for eight years in Newsweek's Washington bureau, writing award-winning cover stories on a variety of social issues, serving as national correspondent and as a deputy editor. In 1986-87, he served as editor of The Washington Monthly, the influential political magazine. Waldman also served as senior advisor to the CEO of the Corporation for National Service, a $750 million government agency that runs AmeriCorps and other volunteer programs. He is the author of an acclaimed book titled “The Bill” about the passage of the AmeriCorps law, which is now a textbook in college courses around the U.S.

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Diane Winston has worked as a reporter for several of the nation's leading newspapers, including the Baltimore Sun, Dallas Morning News, Dallas Times Herald and The News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C. She is the author of Red-Hot and Righteous: The Urban Religion of the Salvation Army (1999) and co-editor of Faith in the Market: Religion and the Rise of Urban Commercial Culture (2002) and writes the Faith Front column for the Los Angeles Times. She has directed religion and media projects at New York University and Northwestern University. Currently, she is the Knight Chair in Media and Religion at USC's Annenberg School for Communication. She holds an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University, a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in religion from Princeton University.

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Laurie Zoloth is professor of medical ethics and humanities, and religion, at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. From 1995-2003, she was professor of ethics and director of the program in Jewish studies at San Francisco State University. In 2001, Zoloth was the president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. She is a member of the NASA National Advisory Council, the nation's highest civilian advisory board for NASA, The NASA Planetary Protection advisory Committee, the Executive Committee of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, and is the chair of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Bioethics Advisory Board. Zoloth’s current research includes work on the emerging issues in medical and research genetics, and on the ethical issues in stem cell research. In 1999 she was invited to give testimony to National Bioethics advisory Board on Jewish philosophy and stem cell research. In 2000 she was awarded a National Institute of Health ELSI (Ethical Legal and Social Issues of the Human Genome) Grant to explore the ethical issues after the mapping of the human genome. In 2001, she was named as principle investigator for the International Project on Judaism and Genetics, co-sponsored by the AAAS, and supported by the Haas Foundation and the Greenwall Fund.

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