Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.
Dr. Robert P. Jones is the CEO of PRRI and a leading scholar and commentator on religion, values, and public life. He is the author of two academic books and numerous peer-review articles on religion and public policy.
Dr. Jones writes a biweekly “Figuring Faith” column at the Washington Post’s On Faith section. 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 member of the editorial board for “Politics and Religion,” a journal of the American Political Science Association. He is also an active member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the American Association of Public Opinion Research. He holds a Ph.D. in religion from Emory University, where he specialized in sociology of religion, politics, and religious ethics. He also holds a M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2013, Dr. Jones was selected by Emory University’s Graduate Division of Religion as Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.
Before founding PRRI, Dr. Jones worked as a consultant and senior research fellow at several think tanks in Washington, DC, and was assistant professor of religious studies at Missouri State University. Dr. Jones is frequently featured in major national media such as CNN, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, and others. Dr. Jones’ two books are Progressive & Religious: How Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist Leaders are Moving Beyond the Culture Wars and Transforming American Public Life and Liberalism’s Troubled Search for Equality.
Director of Research
Mr. Cox is the Research Director of PRRI, specializing in survey research, youth politics, and religion. He has coauthored several academic book chapters on topics relating to religious polarization and gay and lesbian issues in the black Church. His work has been cited in numerous national news publications including the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, CNN, the Washington Post, and others. Mr. Cox holds an M.A. in American Government from Georgetown University and a B.A. in political science from Union College. Prior to joining PRRI, he served as Research Associate at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, where he worked as part of the core research team. He is an active member of the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and the American Political Science Association (APSA).
Mr. Navarro-Rivera has an extensive and diverse research portfolio and significant experience in the field of religion and politics. Before joining the PRRI team, Mr. Navarro-Rivera was a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture at Trinity College, where he served as the lead analyst for several national and international studies, including the landmark American Religious Identification Survey. He also taught political science and Latino Studies at the Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Institute (currently El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies) at the University of Connecticut. Juhem earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras and a M.A. in political science from the University of Connecticut, where he is currently completing his doctorate. His research interests include religion and politics, Latino public opinion, and political representation.
Editor and Senior Writer
Ms. Babb comes to the Public Religion Research Institute from the U.S. State Department, where most recently she led coverage of religion, peace and security for the department’s public diplomacy magazine. She previously reported on fast-breaking global news for the department’s online and print publications. Before joining State, Ms. Babb worked as a writer, radio and television journalist as the Voice of America’s Charles Kuralt Fellow in International Broadcast. She graduated with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, with a minor in creative writing and a concentration of coursework in religious studies.
Writer and Project Manager
Before joining PRRI, Ms. Fetsch worked as associate director for the National Religious Partnership for the Environment in Washington, DC and St. Paul, Minnesota. Previously, she spent a year as a Lutheran Volunteer Corps member at Sojourner Truth Academy in north Minneapolis. Academically, Ms. Fetsch has concentrated on the intersection of religion and politics. She holds an M.A. in political science from the University of Kansas, and a B.A. in justice and peace studies and political science, with a minor in theology, from the University of St. Thomas. While there, Ms. Fetsch was student coordinator for Students for Justice and Peace and had several internships involving faith-based advocacy.