Ryan Burge is an Assistant Professor of Political Science as well as the
Graduate Coordinator at Eastern Illinois University. He teaches in a variety of
areas, including American institutions, political behavior, and research
methods. His research focuses largely on the interaction of religiosity and
political behavior (especially in the American context.)
In addition to numerous articles and publications, Ryan is the author of The Nones: Where They Came From, Who They Are, and Where They Are Going, a detailed comprehensive picture of Americans who say they have no religious affiliation. This book gives readers a nuanced, accurate, and meaningful picture of the growing number of Americans who say that they have no religious affiliation. This book explains how this rise happened, who the nones are, and what they mean for the future of American religion.
In addition, his research has been covered in a variety of media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NBC, Vox, 538, BuzzFeed News, the Associated Press, Newsweek, Al-Jazeera, Reuters, Christianity Today, Religion News Service, The Daily Mail, Deseret News, World Magazine, Relevant, and C-SPAN. I am the co-founder and frequent contributor to Religion in Public, a forum for scholars of religion and politics to make their work accessible to a more general audience.
Finally, he is a pastor in the American Baptist Church, having served for over thirteen years. We are honored to welcome Dr. Ryan Burge to the Changing Church Webinar. You will not want to miss this insightful time together.