Affiliated Scholars

Public Religion Research Institute is pleased to introduce its inaugural cohort of Affiliated Scholars, who will maintain a two-year relationship with the PRRI team. During their tenure, Affiliated Scholars will regularly add insights to “Faith in the Numbers,” the PRRI research blog. They will also work with the PRRI senior research team on a number of academic projects.


Deckman headshot 150x150 Affiliated ScholarsMelissa Deckman
is the Louis L. Goldstein Professor of Public Affairs and chairs the Political Science Department at Washington College.  The author or co-author of more than a dozen scholarly articles and invited book chapters, she has also written or co-written three books, including School Board Battles: The Christian Right in Local Politics, winner of the American Political Science Association’s Hubert Morken Award for the best work on religion and politics.  She has a forthcoming edited volume about the politics of teaching the Bible and religion in public schools, slated for publication this fall.  Her current research focuses on the nexus between gender and religion in the Tea Party movement.

Paul Djupe headshot 150x150 Affiliated ScholarsPaul Djupe is currently the coeditor of the Cambridge journal Politics & Religion, has served as the chair of the Religion and Politics organized section of the American Political Science Association, and is the coauthor of numerous articles and 5 books, including The Political Influence of Churches and Religious Interests in Community Conflict. His work explores the influence of political communication from religious actors and how religious organizations affect the political engagement of citizens. He is an associate professor of political science at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

Ozan Kalkan headshot cropped 150x150 Affiliated ScholarsKerem Ozan Kalkan is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Middle East Technical University (METU), and he will be joining the Department of Political Science at Stony Brook University as a Visiting Assistant Professor starting September 2012. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 2010. He was a pre/post doctoral fellow in quantitative methods at the University of Oxford in the Department of Politics and International Relations between 2009 and 2010. His research interests include American politics, public opinion, political behavior, religion and politics, prejudice, Muslim Americans, and quantitative research methods. He teaches courses on American Government, religion and politics, introductory/intermediate/advanced statistics, and measurement in social sciences. He is currently working on papers about how candidates’ racial and religious identifications condition the likelihood of voting in the U.S. He examines the causes and consequences of misperception about Barack Obama’s faith during and after the 2008 presidential campaign. Dr. Kalkan is working on a book project that studies ethnocentric roots of prejudice toward Muslims in the U.S. and Europe.

Laura Olson headshot1 150x150 Affiliated ScholarsLaura R. Olson is professor of political science at Clemson University and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.  Her research focuses on contemporary religion, civic engagement, and American politics, with special emphasis on the political attitudes and behaviors of clergy.  She is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of nine books, including Religion and Politics in America: Faith, Culture, and Strategic Choices (Westview, 2010) and Religious Interests in Community Conflict: Beyond the Culture Wars (Baylor University Press, 2007).  She is also the author of many scholarly articles and book chapters.

Mark Rozell 150x150 Affiliated ScholarsMark J. Rozell is professor of public policy at George Mason University. He is the author of nine books and the editor of twenty books on various topics in U.S. government and politics including the presidency, religion and politics, media and politics, and interest groups in elections. His latest books are The President’s Czars: Undermining Congress and the Constitution, The Oxford Handbook of Southern Politics, Religion and the American Presidency, Interest Groups in American Campaigns: The New Face of Electioneering (3rd edition), and Executive Privilege: Presidential Power, Secrecy and Accountability (3rd edition).