Max-Planck Institute: Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity, Germany
Dr Chris Cotter is Research Fellow in Religious Studies at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, working on a three-year project on 'unbelief' in Northern Ireland and Scotland. He is currently writing a monograph with Bloomsbury, titled The Critical Study of Non-Religion: Discourse, Identification, and Locality. He is co-editor of Social Identities between the Sacred and the Secular (Ashgate, 2013), After World Religions: Reconstructing Religious Studies (Routledge, 2016), and New Atheism: Critical Perspectives and Contemporary Debates (Springer, 2017), and is Co-Director at the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network.
Dr. Jesse M. Smith is Associate Professor of Sociology at Western Michigan University. An interpretive sociologist and social psychologist, his research interests are focused primarily on the relationship of secularity and nonreligion to identity, the self, social deviance, and collective action. He has published over twenty research articles, book chapters, book reviews, and other papers in journals including Sociology of Religion, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociological Quarterly, Secularism and Nonreligion, Qualitative Sociology, and Journal of Religion and Health. He is a Research Affiliate with the Non-religion and Secularity Research Network, and Research Associate with the Atheist Research Collaborative.