Dr. Robert P. Jones is the founding CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization conducting research at the intersection of religion, values, and public life. Dr. Jones is a leading scholar and pollster in both the academy and in public policy circles. Dr. Jones is one of six members of the national steering committee for the Religion and Politics Group at the American Academy of Religion and is an active member of 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 religion, social ethics, and politics. He also holds a M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Before founding PRRI, Dr. Jones served as a senior research fellow at several think tanks in Washington, DC. Prior to his work in DC, he was assistant professor of religious studies at Missouri State University.
He is the author of two books -- Progressive & Religious (2008) and Liberalism’s Troubled Search for Equality (2007) -- and numerous articles on religion and public policy. Dr. Jones is a sought-after speaker and is frequently featured in major national media, including NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, Newsweek, Time, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Nation, and others.