Europe


Alphabetical List of Experts on Europe

Anthony Gill
Areas of Expertise:
Religion and politics, religion and economics, religious liberty/freedom, government regulation of religion, federal/state/local government, secularization, Latin America, Europe.
Background:
Anthony Gill (Ph.D., UCLA 1994) is Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington, and non-resident scholar at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion.  He is also the host of Research on Religion, a weekly podcast series focusing on the social scientific study of religion that takes faith and religiosity seriously.  The podcast series is designed to make scholarly research more broadly accessible to scholars and the public, including clergy, laity, homeschoolers, and anyone else interested in religion.  Gill authored two books – Rending unto Caesar: The Catholic Church and the State in Latin America (Chicago, 1998) and The Political Origins of Religious Liberty (Cambridge, 2007) – and numerous articles on religious liberty, Latin American religion, and Muslims in Europe.  His current research includes a book manuscript on how local governments regulate churches and how that affects religious practice in the United States, as well as research on religious and political attitudes.  Gill also writes extensively on the economics of religion.  In 1999, Prof. Gill received the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award and has been a highly sought-after speaker around the Puget Sound, including stints as a substitute teacher at homeschooling co-ops.  He was a frequent guest host on the Georgene Rice Show, a Christian talk radio program based out of Portland, Oregon.  Outside of academia, Tony serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster, youth basketball coach, and enjoys camping, outdoor cooking, target shooting, martial arts, and all things cowboy.  His favorite color is blue. 
SpeakingProfessor Gill is available to lecture on topics related to his areas of expertise. Possible talks include:
"Threats to Religious Liberty in the United States."
“Trends in Secularization and Religiosity in the U.S., Europe & Latin America.”
“The Economics of Religion.”
“The Political Origins of Religious Liberty.”
Contact Information:
E-mail: tgil@uw.edu
Phone: (206) 914-3381    
Website: University of Washington Faculty Page
Brent Nelsen
Areas of Expertise:
European Politics
Background:
Brent Nelsen is a professor of political science at Furman University. He earned his B.A. from Wheaton College (1981) and a Ph.D. (1989) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He has written The State Offshore: Petroleum, Politics, and State Intervention on the British and Norwegian Continental Shelves (1991) and is the editor of Norway and the European Community: The Political Economy of Integration(1993).  More recently Brent teamed up with one of his former students (Alexander Stubb, now foreign minister of Finland) to publish a textbook on the European Union called The European Union: Readings on the Theory and Practice of European Integration (2003), now in its third edition.  Since 2001 Brent has shifted his research interests to the study of religion and politics in Europe. He and his Furman colleague Jim Guth have published several articles on how religion shapes the attitudes of Europeans toward the European Union. The two are currently working on a book entitled Religion and the Struggle for Europe: Catholicism, Protestantism and Politics in the European Union to be published by Georgetown University Press.
SpeakingProfessor Nelsen is available to lecture on topics related to his areas of expertise. Possible talks include:
"Thinking Christianly"
"Does Religion Still Matter?: Religion, Politics, and the European Union".
Contact Information:
E-mail: brent.nelsen@furman.edu 
Phone: (864) 294-3329
Website: Furnam Faculty Page
J. Christopher Soper
Areas of Expertise:
Religion and politics, comparative church-state relations, Islam in Western Europe, nationalism and religion, California politics, the politics of the Christian right, and the politics of Taiwan
Background:
Chris Soper is the Frank R. Seaver Professor of Political Science at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1992 (political science), his Master of Divinity from Yale University Divinity School in 1986 (theology) and his B.A. from the University of Washington in 1983 (political science). Soper is the co-author with Steven Monsma of the Challenges of Pluralism: Church and State in Five Western Democracies (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008); Faith, Hope, and Jobs: Welfare to Work in Los Angeles (Georgetown University Press, 2006), the co-author with Joel Fetzer of Muslims and the State in Britain, France, and Germany (Cambridge University Press, 2005), and the co-editor with Steven Monsma of Equal Treatment of Religion in a Pluralistic Society (Eerdmans, 1998); and the author of Religious Beliefs and Political Choices: Evangelical Christianity in the United States and Great Britain (New York University Press, 1994). He has also published numerous monographs, scholarly articles, and book chapters on religion and politics, comparative church-state relations, Islam in Western Europe, and the politics of the Christian Right, and Taiwanese democracy. He is currently working on a book on Taiwanese democracy. 
SpeakingProfessor Soper is available to lecture on topics related to his areas of expertise. Possible talks include:
"Muslims in Europe: Singing God's Song in a Strange Land"
"The Challenge of Religious Pluralism: What Democracy and Faith Demand"
"The Last Refuge of the Scoundrel: Religion and Nationalism Around the World"
Contact Information:
E-mail: chris.soper@pepperdine.edu
Phone: (310) 506-4792
Website: Pepperdine University Faculty Page
Jerold L. Waltman
Areas of Expertise:
Church-state relations in the United States and Britain; comparative constitutional law; minimum wage/living wage policies
Background:
Jerold Waltman (Ph.D., Indiana, 1976) is R.W. Morrison Professor of Political Science at Baylor University and editor of the Journal of Church and State.  He is the author most recently of Religious  Free Exercise and Contemporary American Politics:  The Saga of the Religious Land Use and  Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (2010).  His other books include Minimum Wage Policy in Great Britain and the United States (2008), The Case for the Living Wage (2004), and The Politics of the Minimum Wage (2000).  He has also contributed to a number of academic journals.
SpeakingProfessor Waltman is available to lecture on topics related to his areas of expertise. Possible talks include:
"Free exercise of religion in the U.S." (or the U.K.)
"The living wage as an anti-poverty policy"
"Christianity and the living wage"
Contact Information:
E-mail: Jerold_Waltman@baylor.edu
Phone:  (254) 710-6044 x3161
Website: Baylor University Faculty Page

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