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Barry A. Kosmin
Research Professor and Director, ISSSC
Phone: (860) 297-2388 Office Location: 71 Vernon Street
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Trinity College faculty member since 2005
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Ph.D., Univ. of London (1974)
M.A., McMaster Univ (1970)
B.A., Univ. of London (1968)

Dr. Barry A. Kosmin has been a Principal Investigator of the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) series since its inception in 1990. He is editor of the new on-line international journal Secularism & Nonreligion (Ubiquity Press) and of the ISSSC’s series of collected volumes on aspects of secularism: Secularism and Secularity: Comparative International Perspectives, 2007;  Secularism & Science in the 21st Century, 2008; Secularism, Women & the State: The Mediterranean World in the 21st century, 2009.

He has directed large national social surveys and opinion polls in the U.S., Europe, Africa and Asia. An internationally known expert in Jewish demography he directed the CJF 1990 U.S. National Jewish Population Survey, the American Jewish Identity Surveys of 2001 and 2008, and the 1998 National Survey of South African Jews (University of Cape Town).  He is a consultant to the JDC International Center for Community Development, Barcelona, Spain.

Dr Kosmin has taught at Universities in Europe, Africa and North America. Prior to coming to Trinity he was on the faculty of the Ph.D. Program in Sociology, CUNY Graduate School and was a Visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town and University College Chichester, UK. His leadership of research institutes has included: Founding Director, Mandell L. Berman Institute-North American Jewish Data Bank, Graduate Center of the City University of New York: Associate Director, AHRB Parkes Centre for the Study of Jewish/Non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton, UK; Executive Director, of the London-based think tank, Institute for Jewish Policy Research

Dr. Kosmin is the author of over 20 books and research monographs and more than 50 scholarly articles in the areas of sociology, demography, politics, philanthropy, secularism and policy research.  His scholarship includes being (1993-99) Joint Series Editor (with Dr Sidney Goldstein) of the monograph series, American Jewish Society in the 1990s for State University of New York Press and Joint Editor of the journal, Patterns of Prejudice (1999-2004).

Learn more about the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture on the Institute's website.