Byron Johnson

Director, North American Action Team

Byron Johnson is among the world’s leading authorities on the scientific study of religion, including the salutary effects of religion and religious freedom on social behavior. His research makes the case that religious freedom encourages faith-motivated individuals and groups to develop innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to some of society’s most pressing social problems. Byron’s book More God, Less Crime (Templeton Press) has led skeptics to rethink the social value of religion and religious freedom. His publications document the effectiveness of faith-based interventions to foster offender rehabilitation and provide strategies for criminal justice reform. After teaching at Vanderbilt and the University of Pennsylvania, in 2004 Byron was named Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor University, and the founding Director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion. Byron’s Ph.D. is from Florida State University.