Dr. Jones is a leading scholar and commentator on religion, culture, and politics.
Robert P. Jones is the founding CEO of PRRI and a leading scholar and commentator on religion, culture, and politics. He is the author of “The End of White Christian America,” two other books, and numerous peer-reviewed book chapters and articles. Jones writes a column for The Atlantic online on politics and culture and is frequently featured in major national media outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and others. Dr. Jones serves as the co-chair of the national steering committee for the Religion and Politics Section at the American Academy of Religion and is a past member of the editorial boards for the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and Politics and Religion, a journal of the American Political Science Association. He holds a PhD in religion from Emory University, an MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a BS in computing science and mathematics from Mississippi College. Dr. Jones was selected by Emory University’s Graduate Division of Religion as Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2013, and by Mississippi College’s Mathematics Department as Alumnus of the Year in 2016. Dr. Jones was awarded the 2019 Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his 2016 book, “The End of White Christian America.” The Louisville Grawemeyer Award honors highly significant contributions to religious and spiritual understanding.
Before founding PRRI, Dr. Jones worked as a consultant and senior research fellow at several think tanks in Washington, D.C., and was an assistant professor of religious studies at Missouri State University.