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Sumaya Abubaker

Sumaya Abubaker serves as project manager for the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. Prior to joining CRCC, she worked for Wells Fargo Bank, the Council for Islamic Education and The Minaret Magazine. She has spent many years on

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Hebah Farrag

Hebah Farrag is assistant director of research at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. She is a graduate from the American University in Cairo (AUC) receiving a Masters in Middle East Studies. She also holds a Bachelor of

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Richard Flory

Richard Flory (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is research scientist and director of research in the Center for Religion and Civic Culture and at the University of Southern California. He is the author/co-author/editor of several books, including Spirit and Power: The

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Nalika Gajaweera

Nalika Gajaweera is a research associate with CRCC's Religious Competition and Creative Innovation (RCCI) initiative. She received her B.A. in anthropology with a minor in the visual arts from Occidental College and her M.A. and Ph.D in anthropology from UC

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Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson is a research associate with CRCC's Religious Competition and Creative Innovation (RCCI) initiative. He spent the last year as a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. He is currently working on

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Brie Loskota

Brie Loskota is the managing director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) at the University of Southern California. CRCC, which was named a Pew Center of Excellence in 2002, is a creative nexus where scholars, practitioners and

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Tarra McNally

Research officer Tarra McNally is a medical anthropologist with over a decade of experience conducting research and managing projects in maternal and child health, reproductive health, gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS. Her field research at a Seventh-day Adventist mission hospital in

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Jon Miller

Jon Miller is senior research associate and research professor of sociology. As a comparative sociologist interested in organizations and religion, Miller has focused on the history of the international evangelical missionary movement, using that movement as a lens for understanding

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Donald E. Miller

Donald E. Miller is Firestone Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California and executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture. He received the Ph.D. degree in Religion (Social Ethics) from USC in 1975. Professor Miller

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Cecil L. Murray

Rev. Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray joined the faculty of USC. After retiring from his post as pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME), he was appointed as the John R. Tansey Chair of Christian Ethics in the School of

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Napah Phyakul Quach

Napah Phyakul Quach is the director of finance for the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. She holds a Masters of International Business degree from Pepperdine University. Her graduate work included an international component, consisting of coursework at the

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Najuma Smith

Rev. Damali Najuma Smith is the program manager of the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement. A native of Southern California, Najuma became a member of First AME Church in Los Angeles in September of 1989, a move that

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Nick Street

Nick Street is the senior writer at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. He studied religious ethics at Oberlin College and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. After a decade working as an editor in the

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Mark Whitlock

Rev. Mark Whitlock is the executive director of the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement. He also serves as the pastor of Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine, which started with five members and has grown to over

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