Diana Orcés, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Research
Ian Huff
Senior Research Associate
Amber Cooper
Strategic Engagement Associate
Jessica Royce
Digital Content Associate
Terry Connelly (Vice Chair)
Dean Emeritus, Ageno School of Business, Golden Gate University
Janelle Wong, Ph.D. (Secretary)
Professor of American Studies, University of Maryland
Gerardo Martí, Ph.D.
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology, Davidson College
The Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas
Dean, Episcopal Divinity School at Union
Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, Departments of Religion and African American and African Diaspora Studies, Columbia University
Paul Djupe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science, Denison University and Co-editor, Politics & Religion

The 2021-2022 cohort of PRRI Public Fellows is part of the organization’s Religion and Renewing Democracy Initiative, a program announced in April 2021 that seeks to increase understanding of the role of religion in public life at a time when America is facing immense challenges. Through the Initiative, the Public Fellows will be organized into peer groups of four whose work will be aligned with PRRI’s major research areas: religious, racial, and ethnic pluralism; racial justice and white supremacy; immigration and migration studies; and LGBTQ rights.

Aaron Griffith, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Modern American History at Whitworth University
Ashley Jardina, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke University
Christophe Ringer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theological Ethics and Society at Chicago Theological Seminary
Evan Stewart, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Massachusetts Boston
Jane Hong, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History at Occidental College
Jonathan Coley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology at Oklahoma State University
Karen Hooge Michalka, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Mary
Luis A. Romero, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies at Texas Christian University
Laura E. Alexander, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Nazita Lajevardi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University
SJ Crasnow, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Rockhurst University
Roy Whitaker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Black Religions and American Religious Diversity at San Diego State University
R.G. Cravens III, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science at the California State Polytechnic University
Saher Selod, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology at Simmons University
Tyler Lefevor, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology at Utah State University
Tarah Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science at Allegheny College