• Fellows

    Our┬áFellows are the heart of the Secular Policy Institute. They are distinguished scientists and scholars dedicated to the idea that policymaking should be┬áinformed by scientific evidence. They represent the world’s leading thinkers,┬áas gauged by:

    1. Scientific and scholarly standing, measured by research and peer-reviewed journal publications
    2. Peer recognition, measured by reputation and by national and international awards
    3. Standing in their field, measured by membership on journal boards, grant panels, and honorary associations
    4. Institutional affiliation, as measured by institutional rankings by the National Research Council
    5. Highest degrees in their respective fields (e.g., Ph.D., MD, JD)
    6. Prestige and visibility, measured by their number of keynote lectures, book chapters, etc.

    Learn about benefits to being an SPI Fellow and how to apply.

    Amatzia Baram Middle Eastern History, University of Haifa
    Gregory Benford Astrophysics & Science Fiction
    Thure Cerling Geophysics & Isotopes
    Elliot Cohen Applied Ethics, Mass Media, & Philosophical Counseling
    Christopher DiCarlo Bioethics & Cognitive Evolution
    A. C. Grayling
    Silvian Ionescu Romanian Politics, Global Democracy & Environmental Policy
    Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Middle East, Islam, Terrorism Expert
    Peter Karl Jonason
    Mark Juergensmeyer
    John Joseph Kisakye Environmental Science, Parasitology
    Marty Klein
    Patrik Lindenfors Zoology & Cultural Evolution
    Elizabeth Loftus Cognitive Psychology, Human Memory
    Elham Manea Zoology & Cultural Evolution
    John McWhorter Linguistics & Race Relations
    Holger Mey Technology, National Security
    Ian Morris Archeology, History, & the Evolution of Values
    Taslima Nasrin Poet, Columnist, Novelist
    John Allen Paulos Mathematics of Irreligion
    Kevin Perrott Aging Interventions
    Donald Prothero Climate and Geological Sciences
    Sarbagh Salih Kurdistan Botanical Foundation
    Michael Semple Terrorism and the Middle East
    David S. Wilson Evolution


    Our Advocates are distinguished public figures who connecting secular ideas to media, government, and other global decision-makers. They represent the worldÔÇÖs leading thinkers, as measured by their ideas, their following, and their prestige in the community of ideas.┬áAdvocates are intellectual thought leaders who may be authors, podcasters or other Internet giants, film or television celebrities, journalists, scientists, noted businesspeople, senior politicans or government officials, or academics who are not professors.

    Learn about benefits to being an SPI Advocate and how to apply.

    Jeremiah Camara Filmmaker, Author, Video Blogger
    Steve Hill Comedian, Activist
    Kato Mukasa Economist, Lawyer, Director of Humanism and Youth Support, Uganda
    Maryam Namazie Political Activist, Blogger
    Christine Shellska Creationist Rhetoric, Sociology of Science
    Kim Sj├Âstr├Âm Politician, Genealogical Research

    Advisory Board

    Aaron Bishop Frederick Douglas Humanist Group
    Robin Elisabeth Cornwell Evolutionary Psychology
    Douglas Kinney Veteran, Pilot, Dentist
    Jerry Lieberman Evolution Institute
    David Tamayo Hispanic American Freethinkers
    Stephen Uhl
    Ayanna Watson Black Atheists of America
    John Whiteside United Church of Bacon


    Jason Frye CEO
    Edwina Rogers President
    Hugo Estrella Latin America Regional Director
    Abdullahi Lawal West Africa Regional Director