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Benjamin P. Marcus is a Freedom Forum fellow. From 2017-2020, he served as the religious literacy specialist with the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum, where he developed religious literacy programs for public schools, universities, businesses and government organizations.
His research and publications examine the intersection of education, religious literacy and religious liberty in the United States. He has authored multiple book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles, and he writes regularly for First Five, a nationally distributed column about the First Amendment.
He advises prominent religious studies organizations including Harvard’s Pluralism Project and the Foundation for Religious Literacy. He is currently a member of the American Academy of Religion’s Applied Religious Studies Committee.
He has played a leading role in developing policies and guidelines for teaching about religion for education organizations and government bodies in the United States and abroad. Marcus currently advises International Baccalaureate in the redesign of its religion and societies course. He chaired the writing group for the Religious Studies Companion Document to the C3 Framework, a nationally recognized set of guidelines used by states and school districts in the United States. In 2018, he traveled to Albania as a Fulbright Specialist to advise Ministry of Education officials about developing national policies related to religion and education.
He has previously worked in the field of religion and conflict mitigation as the coordinator for a global peace-building non-profit, Global Covenant. In 2015, he edited a white paper of the Sub-Working Group on Religion and Conflict Mitigation of the U.S. State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group. He also organized trips and activities for the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme Summer School in 2012.
He has been interviewed by major media outlets including NPR’s “All Things Considered,” the Chicago Tribune, the Houston Chronicle, The Hill and Bloomberg News. He records podcasts for the Religious Studies Project and he organizes and moderates a monthly webinar series for the Public Scholars Project, a joint initiative of the Religious Freedom Center and the American Academy of Religion’s Committee on the Public Understanding of Religion.
Marcus attended Harvard Divinity School as a Presidential Scholar, where he earned a master’s of Theological Studies with a concentration in religion, ethics and politics. He studied religion at the University of Cambridge and Brown University, where he graduated magna cum laude. This fall he will begin his studies at Yale Law School.
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