Christopher W. Boerl was awarded his PhD in Politics and International Relations from Royal Holloway, University of London, where he is also a member of the New Political Communications Unit. His research primarily explores the relationship between American religious organizations, American politics, and American public policy. Widely published in leading peer-reviewed journals, Dr Boerl’s work has been cited by such bodies as the European Parliament and the Center for Unconventional Security Studies (at the University of California Irvine). A 2014 Corps Member with Teach for America, Dr Boerl resides in Massachusetts with his beautiful wife, Bonnie, and their beloved son, John.Katie Donbavand is an opinionated writer and editor. Hundreds of thousands have read, adored, or loathed her editorials for the Chicago Tribune’s RedEye, articles for InStyle.com, and other works. She met Dr Boerl at their alma mater, Emmanuel College, when she first began proofreading his sociology essays. She has been correcting his grammar ever since. Katie currently resides in New York City and is working on her debut novel. Visit her website, katiedonbavand.com, to read more of her work.