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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Visiting Scholars

Each year the Boisi Center provides an intellectual home for visiting scholars working on significant projects related to religion and public life. Visiting scholars participate in the intellectual life of the Center, which includes numerous public events, and may have an opportunity to present their own research as well. For more information about the visiting scholars program, or to apply for a position in the 2014-2015 academic year, please see the application information.



David Cowan (Spring 2014)

David Cowan earned his PhD at the University of St Andrews, jointly undertaken in the School of Divinity and the School of International Relations. He is Senior Tutor in Politics and Religion, King’s Evangelical Divinity School, and approved Tutor, University of Chester. He also holds a B.Th. and M.Th. from the University of Oxford, an M.Litt. from the University of St Andrews, and a Diploma in Theology from Westfield House, Cambridge, where he was Lutheran Chaplain to the University of Cambridge. His book Economic Parables: The Monetary Teachings of Jesus Christ (Paternoster USA 2007, IVP 2009) is in its second edition. He has contributed essays on "Christianity and Economics," Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (Blackwell, 2012), "Religious Minorities," International Encyclopedia of Political Science (CQ Press USA, 2010) and is a regular reviewer for the Journal of Theological Studies (Oxford University Press). He is also a Communications Advisor, having worked for over 25 years in communications, working in various capacities for many organizations including major financial and industrial companies, the World Bank, the Institute of Islamic Banking & Insurance, and, Financial Times. He has lived and worked in North America, Europe and the Middle East. His book Strategic Internal Communication (Kogan Page, GB& USA) is being published Spring 2014. His research at the Boisi Center will focus on diplomacy and communicating religion in American foreign policy, with a focus on Christianity and Islam.


For a list of past visiting scholars, click here.