Philip S. GorskiYale University

Philip S. Gorski (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley 1996) is a comparative-historical sociologist with strong interests in theory and methods and in modern and early modern Europe. His empirical work focuses on topics such as state-formation, nationalism, revolution, economic development and secularization with particular attention to the interaction of religion and politics.

Samuel L. PerryUniversity of Oklahoma

An award-winning scholar and teacher, Dr. Perry is among the nation’s leading experts on conservative Christianity and American politics, race, sexuality, and families. Along with numerous articles published in leading academic journals, Dr. Perry has also authored or co-authored four books.

Amir HussainLoyola Marymount University

Dr. Amir Hussain is Chair and Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he teaches courses on religion. His own particular speciality is the study of Islam, focusing on contemporary Muslim societies in North America.

Matthew D. TaylorInstitute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies

Matthew D. Taylor, Ph.D., is the Protestant Scholar at ICJS, where he specializes in Muslim-Christian dialogue, Evangelical and Pentecostal movements, religious politics in the U.S., and American Islam. Prior to coming to ICJS, Taylor served on the faculty of Georgetown University and The George Washington University, and he is currently a faculty member in the Theology Department at Loyola University Maryland. 

Moderated by Kate Kelly Middleton of the Catholic University of America

Kate Kelly Middleton is a Navy veteran and Ph.D. student in religion and culture at Catholic University of America, pursuing an interdisciplinary study of the role of religion in ethical decision making and meaning-making. She specifically focuses on comparative theologies of hope.