Jacob Lupfer (@jlupf) is a doctoral candidate in political science at Georgetown University. An expert on the role of faith in American public life, his work as a writer, researcher, and consultant focuses on how religious people and institutions can effectively and faithfully influence politics and public policy.
A native of Kissimmee, Florida, Lupfer has also lived in Oklahoma, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C. Passionate about education and communication, Lupfer has taught at the middle school, high school, community college, and university levels. Lupfer has also worked in parish ministry. He holds degrees from Oklahoma Baptist University (B.A.) and Boston University School of Theology (M.T.S.)
Lupfer's academic interests include the role of religion in American national institutions, public opinion, and political behavior. A scholar of religious interest groups, Lupfer is completing a doctoral dissertation on religious elites in U.S. politics.
A regular commentator on religion and politics, Lupfer's work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Religion & Politics, Religion Dispatches, and other outlets. In the summer and fall of 2016, Lupfer wrote a blog about the role of faith in the 2016 election for Patheos, a premier online destination for information and commentary from various religious and nonreligious viewpoints. The blog continues under the name Capitol & Cathedral. Lupfer is a contributing editor at Religion News Service, the leading news agency and wire service covering religion, spirituality, and ideas.
Lupfer lives near Baltimore with his wife and their young children.
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