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The American Academy of Religion thanks Lilly Endowment Inc., The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, Religion Dispatches and the Social Science Research Council; the Religionsource founding advisory board, consultants, research assistants and data assistants; and the many scholars and journalists who graciously suggested ways to improve Religionsource.
Special thanks go to Kyle Cole, Ph.D., University of Missouri, former Associate Director of Religionsource. Kyle was instrumental in designing the Religionsource website and was the main contact for journalists from 2001 to 2005.
Abel Solutions handled technical development of the current website.
Lipman Hearne provided marketing advice.
Merrill-Hall New Media handled technical development of the original website.
MV Design created the Religionsource logo.
Pamela J. Cravey, Ph.D., Independent Information Specialist, supervised the development of the expertise taxonomy and the identification of scholars to be included.
Mary Catherine Cole, M.Div., Emory U.
Lisa Crothers, Ph.D. student, West & South Asian religions, Emory U.; M.A., religion, Indiana U.
David Dault, M.T.S., Columbia Theological Seminary
Douglas Ealey, Ph.D. student, political science, Clark Atlanta U.; M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary; M.A., business administration, Bowie State College
Jim Hastings, Ph.D., Asian cultures, and M.A., S. Asian studies, U. Wisconsin-Madison
Dorothy Ingram, M.L.S., George Peabody College; M.S., human resources, Ga. State U.
Diana Jones, Ph.D. student, community research and action, Vanderbilt U.; M.T.S. and M.A., sociology, both from Emory U.
Julie Meadows, Ph.D. student, ethics, Emory U.; M.Div., Earlham School of Religion
Robert Puckett, Ph.D. student, religion and society, Boston U.; M.A., history and critical theories of religion, Vanderbilt U.
Shelly Rambo, Ph.D. student, theology, Emory U.; M.S.T., Yale U.; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
Shani Settles, Ph.D. student, women's studies, and M.A., women's studies, Emory U.
Jonathan Smith, Ph.D. student, religion and New Testament, Emory U.; M.A., biblical studies, Multnomah Biblical Seminary
John Turnbull, M.Div., Columbia Theological Seminary; M.I.A., Columbia U.
Judy Ginn, B.S., office administration, Auburn U.
Suzanne Lock, B.A., French, Wake Forest U.
Tricia Maloney, B.A., social work, Ga. State U.
Emily Noonan, M.A., women's studies, Ga. State U.
Kerry O'Hare, journalism student, Emory U.
Jeff Osmus, computer science student, Ga. State U.; B.A., music, Mercer U.
Scholars and Association Staff
The following scholars and association staff were gracious in providing suggestions to improve Religionsource.
Nancy Ammerman, professor of sociology of religion, Hartford Seminary
Jeffrey Biggs, director, Congressional Fellowships, American Political Science Assoc.
Zahid Bukhari, director, Muslim Americans in the Public Square Project, Georgetown U.
Sean M. Connors, manager, "Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature"
Josh DeWind, director, International Migration Program, Social Science Research Council
Carl Dudley, professor of church and community, Hartford Seminary
Jonathan Eble, former staff member, Public Religion Project, U. of Chicago
Gaston Espinosa, manager, Hispanic Churches in Public Life, U. of Calif., Santa Barbara
Michael Foley, faculty, Life Cycle Institute of Catholic U. of America
Mara Greengass, former staff, media office, American Anthropological Assoc.
Rodney J. Hunter, editor,"Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling"
Mark Juergensmeyer, director, International Studies, U. of Calif. at Santa Barbara
Adair Lummis, research associate, Hartford Seminary
Debra Mason, executive director, Religion Newswriters Assoc.
J. Gordon Melton, editor of numerous religion encyclopedias
Jon Miller, research director, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, U. of S. Calif.
Alan Mittleman, director, Center for Jewish Community Studies
Laura R. Olson, associate professor of political science, Clemson U.
Kent Richards, executive director, Society of Biblical Literature
Melissa Rogers, executive director, Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
David Roozen, director, Hartford Institute for Religion Research
Jay Rosen, chair, journalism department, NYU
R. Drew Smith, director, Public Influences of African-American Churches, Morehouse Coll.
Scott Thumma, chair, Publicity Committee, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
Pam Willenz, manager, public affairs, American Psychological Assoc.
John Witte, director, Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Religion, Emory U.
Stuart Wright, associate director, graduate studies, Lamar U.
Aristide R. Zolberg, director, International Ctr. Migration, Ethnicity & Citizenship, NYU
The following journalists were gracious in meeting with Religionsource staff and offering suggestions on how to improve the website.
Adelle Banks, reporter, Religion News Service
Elizabeth Bernstein, reporter, The Wall Street Journal
Bill Broadway, religion reporter, The Washington Post
Deborah Caldwell, Beliefnet
Joanna Corman, religion reporter, Los Angeles Times: Inland Valley Times
Missy Daniel, webmaster, PBS "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly"
Berta Delgado, religion reporter, The Dallas Morning News
Bruce Bryant Friedland, former Washington political reporter, The Florida Times-Union
Autumn Gray, assistant city editor, Waco Tribune-Herald
Tom Hargrove, reporter, Scripps Howard News Service
Susan Hogan-Albach, religion reporter, The Dallas Morning News
Nancy Jeffrey, reporter, The Wall Street Journal
Don Lattin, religion reporter, The San Francisco Examiner
Kim Lawton, managing editor, PBS "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly"
Susan Lee, editorial board, The Wall Street Journal
Robert P. Marus, Washington Bureau Chief, Associated Baptist Press
Paul Moses, freelance journalist; journalism professor, Brooklyn College
Kim Sue Lia Perkes, religion reporter, Austin American-Statesman
Mary Rourke, religion reporter, Los Angeles Times
Terri Jo Ryan, religion reporter, Waco Tribune-Herald
Gary Stern, religion reporter, The Journal News (Westchester County, NY)
Teresa Watanabe, religion reporter, Los Angeles Times
Diane Weddington, independent author and freelance journalist, Walnut Creek, Calif.
Jeffrey Weiss, religion reporter, The Dallas Morning News
Gayle White, religion reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Larry Witham, religion reporter, The Washington Times
Kenneth Woodward, senior writer, Newsweek
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