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Primary Researchers

Elizabeth Podrebarac Sciupac, Senior Researcher
Philip Schwadel, Professor of Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln            

Research Team

Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research
Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director of Research
Becka A. Alper, Senior Researcher
Besheer Mohamed, Senior Researcher
Kiana Cox, Research Associate
Claire Gecewicz, Research Associate
Justin Nortey, Research Assistant    

Methodology Team

Courtney Kennedy, Director of Survey Research
Andrew Mercer, Senior Research Methodologist    

Editorial and Graphic Design

Michael Lipka, Editorial Manager
Aleksandra Sandstrom, Senior Copy Editor
Bill Webster, Senior Information Graphics Designer         

Communications and Web Publishing

Stacy Rosenberg, Associate Director, Digital
Travis Mitchell, Digital Producer
Anna Schiller, Senior Communications Manager
Kelsey Beveridge, Communications Associate

Philip Schwadel, professor of sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, spent a year as a visiting researcher at Pew Research Center contributing to work on religion among teens in the United States. The Center is grateful for his contributions to this report and other work.

Patricia Snell Herzog of Indiana University and Purdue University in Indianapolis (IUPUI) spent a summer at Pew Research Center researching previous quantitative studies of religion among teens, which helped to guide our own work.

Claudia Deane, vice president of research at Pew Research Center, also gave valuable feedback on this report.