Alumni Council Members 2019-20

The Alumni Council is a small group of alumni who advise the Dean on alumni matters, help select the Alumni of the Year every year, and provide other support to the School through their engagement and commitment. If you would like to serve on this council, or know of someone who would be a good fit for the role, please let us know using our new form at


Your Alumni Council for academic year 2019-20 is composed of the following members:

Rob Wilson-Black, MA'92, PhD'02, chair. CEO, Sojourners; Board Co-Chair of the National Museum of American Religion

William George, PhD’90. Emeritus Professor of Theology, Dominican University

Sandhya Jha, MDiv’05, MPP’05. Director, Oakland Peace Center; Director of Interfaith Programs, East Bay Housing Organizations


Ralph Keen, PhD’90. Dean of the Honors College, University of Illinois at Chicago

Michael Kessler, AM’97, PhD’03. Managing Director, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; Associate Professor of the Practice of Moral and Political Theory, Department of Government, Georgetown University; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Laura Lieber, PhD’03. Professor of Religious Studies, Duke University

 Victoria Ries, AM’75, PhD’83

Garry Sparks, MDiv’04, PhD’11. Associate Professor, Religious Studies, George Mason University