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Cookson Religious Freedom Lecture: Dr. Brian J. Grim

Dr. Brian J. Grim

Brian J. Grim is a senior researcher in religion and world affairs and director of cross-national data at the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project. He is an expert on global religious restrictions and hostilities, as well as international religious demography. Grim also plays a central role in writing reports, and providing information to policy makers, news organizations and others interested in religion and world affairs. He worked as an educator, researcher and development coordinator in the former Soviet Union, China, Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe before joining the Pew Research Center in 2006. Grim received a doctorate in sociology from the Pennsylvania State University. He is an author of The Price of Freedom Denied (Cambridge Univ. Press), The World Religion Database (Brill) and The World’s Religions in Figures (Wiley-Blackwell), as well as Religion in China, The Future of the Global Muslim Population, and the project’s global restrictions on religion studies. Grim also has appeared as an expert on global religion on numerous media outlets, including CNN, BBC, Fox, CBS, C-SPAN, and regularly presents to high level audiences including the White House, State Department, European Parliament and the UN Human Rights Council. He also is a TEDx speaker.

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