B.A., Aurora College, 1979; M.Div., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 1984; Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1992; Chaplain and Assistant Professor of Religion, Aurora University, 1985-90; Research Associate, Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith, and Ethics, 1999-2002; Researcher, Religion in Urban America Program, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1994-present; Affiliate Research Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago, 2000-present; Associate Professor, Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus, 2004-08; Associate Professor of World Religions and Interreligious Relations, 2008-2010, Professor of World Religions and Interreligious Relations, 2010-present.
Areas of Expertise
- Multireligious America
- Christian Perspectives on World Religions
- Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations
- Understanding Islam
- American Academy of Religion
- Association for the Sociology of Religion
- Religious Research Association
- Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies
- Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
- The Faith Next Door: American Christians and Their New Religious Neighbors (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009).
- The Boundaries of Knowledge in Buddhism, Christianity, and Science (editor) (Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 2008).
- North American Buddhists in Social Context (editor) (Brill and the Association for the Sociology of Religion, 2008).
- Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs in America: A Short History (co-author with Gurinder Singh Mann and Raymond B. Williams) (Oxford University Press, 2007).
- Sacred Assemblies and Civic Engagement: How Religion Matters for America's Newest Immigrants (co-author with Fred Kniss) (Rutgers University Press, 2007).
- Old Wisdom in the New World: Americanization in Two Immigrant Theravada Buddhist Temples (University of Tennessee Press, 1996).
- "Immigrant Parochial Schools: Religion, Morality, Citizenship," in Children and Childhood in American Religions, ed. Don S. Browning and Bonnie Miller-McLemore (Rutgers University Press, forthcoming).
- "Plan B in the Pluralist-Dialogue Approach to Religious Diversity in America," Journal of Ecumenical Studies 43,4 (Fall 2008) 453-475.
- "Immigrant American Religions and the Family: New Diversity and Conservatism," in American Religions and the Family: How Faith Traditions Cope with Modernization and Democracy, ed. Don Browning and David A. Clairmont (Columbia University Press, 2007).
- "Complementary and Alternative Medicine in America's 'Two Buddhisms'," in Religion and Healing in America, ed. Linda L. Barnes and Susan S. Sered (Oxford University Press, 2005).
- "Marriage, Family and Health in Selected World Religions: Different Perspectives in an Increasingly Pluralist America,” in Marriage, Health, and the Professions: If Marriage Is Good for You, What Does This Mean for Law, Medicine, Ministry, Therapy, and Business ed. John Wall, Don Browning, William J. Doherty, and Steven Post (Eerdmans, 2002).