Anthony Pinn, director of research for the Institute, holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He taught at Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) before becoming the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. He is also the founding director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning at Rice. He is the author/editor of thirty books, including By The Hands: A Documentary of African American Humanism (2001); African American Humanist Principles: Living and Thinking Like the Children of Nimrod (2004); and, The End of God-Talk: An African American Humanist Theology (2012). In 2006, he was honored to be the Harvard University Humanist Chaplaincy “Humanist of the Year.” In 1999, he received the African American Humanist Award from the Council for Secular Humanism.