Jessica Ahlquist is CFI's volunteer high school coordinator. In a nationally publicized lawsuit, she successfully fought for the removal of a prayer banner hanging in her high school auditorium in Cranston, Rhode Island, drawing violent backlash from the overwhelmingly Catholic community. She has received widespread acclaim for her courage and activism.
Ronald Bailey is the award-winning science correspondent for Reason magazine and Reason.com. He is the author of the book Liberation Biology: The Moral and Scientific Case for the Biotech Revolution (Prometheus Books, 2005); his work was featured in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004.
Lauren Becker, vice president and director of outreach for the Center for Inquiry, is a science and nature interpreter who has taught at museums, parks, and planetariums around the country. Known for her commentaries on Point of Inquiry, the radio show and podcast of CFI, she is an experienced environmental activist and advocate for science literacy and education. She is also an associate editor of Free Inquiry magazine.
Ophelia Benson is editor of the provocative web site Butterflies and Wheels, deputy editor of The Philosophers' Magazine, and co-author of Why Truth Matters (Continuum, 2007) and Does God Hate Women? (Continuum, 2009). She is a Free Inquiry columnist.
Russell Blackford is a writer, philosopher, and literary critic, and editor in chief of the Journal of Evolution and Technology. He is a fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and the co-editor (with Udo Schuklenk) of 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).
Bill Cooke is director of international programs at the Center for Inquiry. His most recent book, A Wealth of Insights: Humanist Thought Since the Enlightenment, has just been published by Prometheus Books.
Elisabeth Cornwell is executive director of the United States branch of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. An evolutionary psychologist, she has recently been conducing research at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, exploring the relationship of various psychological traits to religious belief.
Daniel C. Dennett
Daniel C. Dennett earned his BA in philosophy from Harvard University in 1963 and his PhD in philosophy from Oxford University in 1965. He is currently University Professor and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University, as well as codirector of its Center for Cognitive Studies. Dennett was named Humanist of the Year by the American Humanist Association in 2004, and in 2009 he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the author of several books, including Breaking the Spell (Viking, 2006), Freedom Evolves (Viking Penguin, 2003), and Darwin's Dangerous Idea (Simon & Schuster, 1995).
Tom Flynn is the editor of Free Inquiry and executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism. He is also editor of The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief (Prometheus Books, 2007). His science fiction novel Messiah Game: A Comedy of Terrors will soon be published by See Sharp Press. Flynn designed and is the director of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum in Dresden, NY.
Debbie Goddard is the campus outreach coordinator at the Center for Inquiry and the director of African Americans for Humanism, a program of the Council for Secular Humanism. Before working for CFI, she participated in local freethought groups in the greater Philadelphia region and helped organize and support campus groups internationally as a volunteer. She has also been involved with LGBTQ issues and progressive activism.
Steven K. Green
An authority on so-called Blaine amendments limiting states' financial support of religious organizations, Steven K. Green helped draft federal and state laws affecting religious liberty interests, including the Religious Land-Use and Institutionalized Persons Protection Act (2000) and the Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act (2009). He is the author of The Second Disestablishment: Church and State in Nineteenth Century America (Oxford, 2010).
Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and heliocentrist George Hrab has written and produced six independent CDs; published one book; recorded hundreds of episodes of the award-winning Geologic Podcast; and even performed for President Clinton—all in a personal quest to improve his audience’s cognitive skills by reaching them through their funny bones and dance shoes.
Sikivu Hutchinson is the founder of the Los Angeles Black Skeptics group and a senior fellow for the Institute for Humanist Studies. She is the author of Imagining Transit: Race, Gender, and Transportation Politics in Los Angeles (Peter Lang, 2003) and Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars (Infidel Books, 2011).
Sir Harold Kroto
Sir Harold Kroto is currently a Francis Eppes professor of Chemistry at Florida State University, where he is carrying out research in nanoscience and cluster chemistry as well as developing exciting new Internet approaches to STEM educational outreach. In 1996 he was knighted for his contributions to chemistry and later that year was one of three recipients of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of London and holds an emeritus professorship at the University of Sussex in Brighton, United Kingdom. Since 2004 he has been on the Board of Scientific Governors at Scripps Institute, and he was elected a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences in 2007.
Greg Laden is an academic who spends his time advising students and others, doing research and writing, teaching, and occasionally going into the field. Is he a tenured professor? No! He’s a blogger! Greg has several advanced degrees in anthropology from prestigious institutions, and more fieldwork experience than most. He writes and teaches about anthropology, skepticism, race and racism, the biology of gender, evolution, human evolution, nature, birds, and open source operating systems. He is an active member of the skeptics community and an unabashed progressive liberal. His main blogs are "Greg Laden’s Blog" at Scienceblogs.com, and The X Blog at Freethoughtblogs.com. He is a regular guest on Skeptically Speaking and does science interviews on Atheist Talk Radio.
Stephen Law is the editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy journal Think and Secretary of the International Academy of Humanism. He is senior lecturer in philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London. His books include, most recently, Believing Bullshit: How Not to Be Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole (Prometheus 2011). He is provost of CFI–London.
Ronald A. Lindsay
PZ Myers is a biologist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris, and author of the science blog Pharyngula. His research has been published in Nature and several other scientific journals. He is a columnist for Free Inquiry magazine.
Patricia Schroeder served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1973 to 1997, where she became the first woman to serve on the House Armed Services Committee. She has also taught at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Victor J. Stenger
Victor J. Stenger is emeritus professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Hawaii, adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado, and a CSI fellow. He is the author of numerous books.
Rita Swan is a former Christian Scientist who is now president of Children's Healthcare Is a Legal Duty (CHILD). She is a fellow of the Institute for Science in Medicine. The Last Strawberry, her memoir about the death of her infant son, which prompted her to leave Christian Science, was published in 2010 (Hag’s Head Press).
Eddie Tabash is a constitutional lawyer in the Los Angeles area. He is a member of the board of directors of the Center for Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism. He also chairs the Council’s First Amendment Task Force and chairs the Center for Inquiry–Los Angeles. The son of an Orthodox rabbi and an Auschwitz-surviving mother, he has concluded that no supernatural entity or entities exist. He has represented the Council in formal debates against such prominent religious philosophers as William Lane Craig and Richard Swinburne.
Lionel Tiger is the Charles Darwin Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, at Rutgers University. His books include Men In Groups (Transaction Publishers, 2004), The Imperial Animal (with Robin Fox, Transaction Publishers, 1997), The Decline of Males (St. Martin’s Press, 2000), and most recently God's Brain (with Michael McGuire, MD, Prometheus Books, 2010). He has been co-research-director of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and is a Laureate of the International Academy of Humanism.
EllenBeth Wachs is president of the Humanists of Florida Association (HFA). She, along with Atheists of Florida, is the plaintiff in groundbreaking constitutional litigation against the City of Lakeland, Florida. She is a member of the board of directors of Atheists of Florida and also serves as its vice president and legal director.
- Jessica Ahlquist
- Ronald Bailey
- Lauren Becker
- Ophelia Benson
- Russell Blackford
- Bill Cooke
- Elisabeth Cornwell
- Daniel C. Dennett
- Tom Flynn
- Debbie Goddard
- Steven K. Green
- George Hrab
- Sikivu Hutchinson
- Razib Khan
- Sir Harold Kroto
- Greg Laden
- Stephen Law
- Ronald A. Lindsay
- PZ Myers
- Patricia Schroeder
- Victor J. Stenger
- Rita Swan
- Eddie Tabash
- Lionel Tiger
- EllenBeth Wachs