James Dennis LoRusso
Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Princeton University, Fellow at Faith and Work Initiative; Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion
James Dennis LoRusso completed his PhD in Religion at Emory University in Atlanta. His research focused broadly on the intersection of religion, spirituality, and political economy in the United States. Drawing on ethnography, cultural history, and critical theory, his dissertation, entitled The Libertarian Ethic and the Spirit of Global Capital, asserts that interest in spirituality in the workplace has grown alongside and in relation to broad socio-economic changes over the last half century, with particular attention to globalization and the shift to a post-manufacturing economy. In addition to contributing to ongoing research at Princeton’s Faith and Work initiative, he will be investigating how an increasing number of American firms are incorporating practices such as “mindfulness meditation” into the workplace as a means to reduce employee stress, increase productivity, and improve morale.
Michael J. Thate
Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Princeton University, Fellow at Faith and Work Initiative; Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion.
Prior to coming to Princeton, Thate was a Lecturer of New Testament Interpretation at Yale Divinity School as well as a Post-Doctoral Visiting Research Fellow at Yale where he worked on a kind of comparative sea mythology within Jewish, Greek, and Roman texts along with early Christian configurations of identity with respect to the sea. This research will be published in a forthcoming monograph, The Godman and the Sea. His research interests revolve around the formation and reception of discourses, particularly the ways in which the religious, the secular, and the scientific inscribe themselves. His first book, Remembrance of Things Past? (Mohr Siebeck), is a social history of Leben-Jesu-Forschung during the 19th and 20th centuries. He is the editor of two projects to be published later this year and early 2015: one on participation themes in antiquity and Paul (Mohr Siebeck); the other on the philosophical ethics of Albert Schweitzer (Syracuse University Press). While at Princeton, Thate will be working with the Faith and Work Initiative on projects relating to the ways in which religious expression is manifested at work, as well as the interface of religion, business, and ethics. His own research will be on conceptions of labor and status in antiquity and current post-Marxist theory. Specifically, he will be working on second- through the sixth-century labor manuals in early Christian monasteries, translating them into current political and theoretical discussions relating to Capitalism and labor policy. He received his PhD in Religious Studies and History of New Testament Interpretation from the University of Durham (U.K.).
Dr. Timothy Ewest
Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Wartburg College and Visiting Research Collaborator
Dr. Ewest has worked in higher education for the last 11 years teaching entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, economic development, nonprofit management, economics and organizational theory. His research interests include: issues surrounding faith and work, leadership and pro-social behavior and leadership in social entrepreneurship. He has published numerous journal articles, conference presentations, and contributed to two leadership books. In addition to his duties at Wartburg, he is currently working as a Visiting Research Collaborator with David Miller at Princeton on the Spirituality at Work Integration/Manifestation instrument.
His prior work experience includes: 9 years of ministry, 11 years in higher education and 5 years in corporate America. Currently he lives in Waverly, IA, teaching and conducting research at Wartburg College. His international travel focuses on China. Dr. Ewest holds a Masters Degree in Theology from Wheaton College, a Masters degree in Theology from Regent University, an M.B.A. from George Fox University, is an ordained minister in the Christian and Missionary Alliance, and holds a Ph.D. in organizational theory from George Fox University.
Dr. Faith Ngunjiri
Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership
Dr Ngunjiri, a native of Kenya, has lived in the US since 2003. She has a doctorate in Leadership Studies from Bowling Green State University (2006), and has worked at Eastern University since mid 2008. She teaches graduate courses in research methods, leadership theory, spirituality and leadership, and global leadership. Prior to Eastern University, Faith served with David Miller at Yale Center for Faith and Culture, in the Ethics and Spirituality in the Workplace program.
She is interested in the intersections of faith/spirituality and work/leadership as a research focus. One of her primary research interest is women and leadership where she explores African women leaders, African American clergywomen, and minority women leaders in higher education using tempered radicalism, servant leadership and spirituality as conceptual frameworks. She is also interested in studying women as global leaders. Her work has been published in Journal of Research Practice; Journal of Business Communication; Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies; International and Intercultural Communication Annual; and Gendered Perspectives in International Development. Her first book titled Women’s Spiritual Leadership in Africa: Tempered Radicals and Critical Servant Leaders was published by Suny Press (2010).