Barry Kosmin

Center for Inquiry — Hartford, CT

Dr. Barry A. Kosmin is Research Professor in Public Policy & Law and Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture (ISSSC) at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. He is a joint editor of the on-line international journal Secularism & Nonreligion.

Dr. Kosmin has been a principal investigator of the American Religious Identification Survey series since its inception in 1990 as well as national social surveys in Europe, Africa and Asia.

His books on American religion include One Nation under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society, 1993 and Religion in a Free Market: Religious and Non-religious Americans, 2006.

Dr. Kosmin was also interviewed by Point of Inquiry's Chris Mooney, which can be listened to here

He is editor of ISSSC ‘s collected volumes on aspects of secularism:

Secularism and Secularity: Comparative International Perspective, 2007

Secularism & Science in the 21st Century, 2008

Secularism, Women & the State: The Mediterranean World in the 21st Century, 2009

Dr. Kosmin is happy to speak to community and student groups about any of the areas mentioned below. His talks also include:

  • The Rise of the None Population
  • Secularism in a Global Context

Dr. Kosmin can be reached



Topic(s): Politics, Religion

Sub-topic(s): Separation of church and state