Mark Juergensmeyer is a former president of the American Academy of Religion and the current director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbera where he also teaches sociology and religious studies. He is a prolific writer and speaker whose work deals with South Asian religion and politics, religious violence and global religion among other topics. Recent books include Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious ViolenceGlobal Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State, and the just released The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence,which contains a chapter outlining, “A Sociotheological Approach to the Study of Religious Violence.”