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Byron Johnson

Byron Johnson

Byron Johnson is Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) as well as director of the Program on Prosocial Behavior, both at Baylor University.  He is a Senior Fellow at the Witherspoon Institute (Princeton), and Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Jewish and Community Research (San Francisco). Johnson has directed research centers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Pennsylvania and is currently conducting a series of studies for the Department of Justice on the role of religion in prosocial youth behavior.  He is recognized as a leading authority on the scientific study of religion, the efficacy of faith-based organizations, domestic violence, and criminal justice.  Recent publications have examined the impact of faith-based programs on recidivism reduction and prisoner reentry.  Along with other ISR colleagues he is completing a series of empirical studies on religion in China.  Professor Johnson is also collaborating with other scholars on several studies of religious intolerance and tolerance in America.  Johnson’s research has been used in consultation with the Department of Justice, Department of Defense, Department of Labor, and the National Institutes of Health.

 

 

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