Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture


ISSSC Website



Secular Americans

Understanding American "Nots"

Is Anyone
in Canada Secular?

Secularity in Great Britain

Läicité and Secular Attitudes in France

Secularism: The Case of Denmark

Secularism in India

The Secular Israeli Jewish Identity

Secularism in Iran: a Hidden Agenda?














Who is Secular
in the World Today?



Dr. Ariela Keysar, a demographer, is associate director of the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture and associate research professor in public policy and law at Trinity College. She was the study director of the American Religious Identity Survey 2001 and is co-author of Religion in a Free Market.

Dr. Barry A. Kosmin, a sociologist, is founding director of the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture and research professor of public policy and law at Trinity College. He was principal investigator of the CUNY National Survey of Religious Identification 1990 and the American Religious Identification Survey 2001.

Dr. Frank Pasquale, a cultural anthropologist, is a research associate of ISSSC engaged in the study of the nonreligious population of the United States. He has written and lectured widely on humanism, morality and ethics, and church-state relations and resides in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. William A. Stahl is professor of sociology at Luther College, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He is author of God and the Chip: Religion and the Culture of Technology and co-author of Webs of Reality: Social Perspectives on Science and Religion.

Dr. David Voas, a social statistician, is the Simon Research Fellow at the Cathy Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research, University of Manchester, England. He specializes in religious change in modern societies.

Dr. Nathalie Caron, a historian of the 18th century, is maître de conférence (associate professor) in American civilization in the department of English and American studies at the Universite de Paris 10-Nanterre. She is author of Thomas Paine contre l’imposture des pretres (Thomas Paine against the Imposition of the Priests).

Dr. Lars Dencik is professor of social psychology at Roskilde University, Denmark, and director of the social and cultural psychology program at the Danish Graduate School of Psychology.

Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer, a civil engineer, holds honorary doctorates from several Indian universities. He is chairman of the Centre for the Study of Secularism in Society, editor of the Indian Journal of Secularism, and director of the Institute of Islamic Studies, Mumbai, India.

Dr. Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi is professor of psychology at the University of Haifa, Israel. His many books include The Psychology of Religious Behaviour, Belief and Experience and Despair and Deliverance: Private Salvation in Contemporary Israel.

A Special Supplement to  Religion in the News   Fall 2006


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