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Primary Researcher

Besheer Mohamed, Senior Researcher

Research Team

Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research
Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director of Research
Joshua Alvarado, Research Assistant
Kiana Cox, Research Associate
Becka A. Alper, Senior Researcher
Justin Nortey, Research Assistant

Methods Team

Courtney Kennedy, Director of Survey Research
Andrew Mercer, Senior Research Methodologist
Nick Bertoni, Senior Panel Manager
Nick Hatley, Research Analyst
Arnold Lau, Research Analyst

Editorial and Graphic Design

Jeff Diamant, Senior Writer/Editor
Michael Lipka, Editorial Manager
Rebecca Ann Leppert, Editorial Assistant
Bill Webster, Senior Information Graphics Designer

Communications and Web Publishing

Stacy Rosenberg, Associate Director, Digital
Travis Mitchell, Digital Producer
Anna Schiller, Senior Communications Manager
Kelsey Beveridge, Communications Associate

Pew Research Center is grateful to Tia Noelle Pratt, director of Mission Engagement & Strategic Initiatives and assistant professor of Sociology at Villanova University, for providing feedback on this report. Pratt was part of a panel of expert advisers who gave advice on all stages of this study of religion among Black Americans, along with R. Khari Brown, associate professor of sociology at Wayne State University; Ryon J. Cobb, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Georgia; Yolanda Pierce, professor and dean at Howard University School of Divinity; Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, chairman of the Conference of National Black Churches; Josef Sorett, professor of religion and African American and African diaspora studies and chair of the religion department at Columbia University; and Eric Williams, curator of religion for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.