Advisory Board

The Advisory Board for the Martin Marty Center is composed of citizens representing fields including law, ministry, the arts, and journalism and works in consultation with the faculty of the Center to provide programming oriented towards the intersection of religion and public life.


Douglas E. Anderson 

Professor of Neurological Surgery, Loyola University Medical Center 
Maywood, IL

Jeanne Bishop
Attorney, Office of the Cook County Public Defender and adjunct professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law
Chicago, IL

Frank Burch Brown 
Frederick Doyle Kershner Professor of Religion and the Arts at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN


John Buchanan

John C. Colman 
Corporate Director and Private Investor; Emeritus Board Member
Glencoe, Illinois

W. Clark Gilpin
Director of the Martin Marty Center, 2014-2015


Hon. Joan B. Gottschall
United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois
Chicago, Illinois

Ronne B. Hartfield 
Senior Research Fellow, Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University
Chicago, Illinois

Gretchen Helfrich 
Host of Odyssey, Chicago Public Radio  
Chicago, Illinois

Martin E. Marty 
The Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Modern Christianity, The Divinity School 
Chicago, Illinois

Margaret M. Mitchell 
Dean and Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature, The Divinity School 

Teresa Hord Owens 
Dean of Students, The Divinity School 

Myriam Renaud
Editor of Sightings

James T. Robinson 
Assistant Professor of the History of Judaism in the Divinity School 

Cristina L. H. Traina 
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Religion, Northwestern University 
Evanston, IL