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Dr. Ryan Burge is an associate professor of political science at Eastern Illinois University. He is the author or co-author of four books including The Nones, 20 Myths about Religion and Politics in America, and The Great Dechurching. He has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and POLITICO. He has also appeared on 60 Minutes, where Anderson Cooper called him, “one of the leading data analysts of religion and politics in the United States.” He has been a pastor of an American Baptist Church for over seventeen years.

Additionally, he writes posts every Monday and Thursday for Graphs about Religion.


Relevant Experience

  • Present2019

    Assistant Professor of Political Science

    Eastern Illinois University

  • 20192012

    Instructor of Political Science

    Eastern Illinois University

  • 20122011

    Post Doctoral Fellow

    Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

  • 20112006

    Graduate Assistant

    Southern Illinois University - Carbondale


  • PhD 2011

    Doctorate of Philosophy

    Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

  • MA 2007

    Master of Arts

    Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

  • BA 2004

    Bachelor of Arts

    Greenville College