Dr. Robert P. Jones is the chief executive officer and founder of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), and a leading scholar and commentator on religion, culture, and politics.
He is the author of The End of White Christian America (Simon & Schuster, 2016), two other books, and numerous peer-review articles on religion and public policy. Dr. Jones writes a column for The Atlantic online on politics and culture and appears regularly in a “Faith by the Numbers” segment on Interfaith Voices, the nation’s leading religion news magazine on public radio. He is frequently featured in major national media such as CNN, National Public Radio, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and others.
Dr. Jones serves as the co-chair of the national steering committee for the religion and politics section at the American Academy of Religion and is a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and for Politics and Religion, a journal published by Cambridge University Press for the American Political Science Association. He is also an active member of the American Sociological Association, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the American Association of Public Opinion Research. He holds a Ph.D. in religion from Emory University, where he specialized in the sociology of religion, politics, and religious ethics. He also holds a M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a B.S. in mathematics and computing science from Mississippi College. In 2013, Dr. Jones was selected by Emory University’s Graduate Division of Religion as distinguished alumnus of the year. In 2016, Dr. Jones was selected by Mississippi College’s mathematics department as alumnus of the year.
Before founding PRRI, Dr. Jones worked as a consultant and senior research fellow at several think tanks in Washington, D.C., and was assistant professor of religious studies at Missouri State University.