Dr. Jill Carroll

Dr. Carroll is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas where she also has served as the executive director of the Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance. She earned her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Rice University in 1994, and is a recognized expert on issues of religious tolerance, philosophy of religion, American religion, and religion in public life. Her areas of specialty include: the role of religion in world politics, comparative world religions, trends in American religion, and the impact of religious diversity in global business.  She is the director and initial creator of The Amazing Faiths Project, a community cohesion initiative that encourages friendship and fellowship across religious boundaries.

She is the author of numerous articles and four books. A recent book, A Dialogue of Civilizations: Gulen’s Islamic Ideals and Human Discourse was a Publishers Weekly bestseller in religion, having been in a “Top 10” category on Amazon in May 2007. She is a frequent guest on radio and television programs, and has been interviewed by The New York Times, PBS, and Good Morning America. She combines her scholarly knowledge with a flair for “real world” application.  She gives keynotes and public lectures throughout the world, and conducts religious diversity training for individuals, groups and corporations.