Alan Cooperman

Monday, July 10, 2017

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Alan Cooperman is Director of Religion Research at the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, where he oversees a staff of more than 20 researchers who conduct surveys, demographic analyses, and other empirical studies around the world. He is an expert on religion’s role in American politics and foreign policy, and he has supervised the Center’s landmark studies on the rise of the “nones” and other changes in the U.S. religious landscape, as well as many international surveys of religion. Before joining the Center in 2009, he was a national reporter and editor at the Washington Post, foreign editor of U.S. News & World Report, and a foreign correspondent (in Moscow and Jerusalem) for U.S. News & World Report and the Associated Press.

Alan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1982, and started in journalism at the Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Mass.  Author of Mormons in America, Muslim Americans, the U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey, “Nones” on the Rise and A Portrait of Jewish Americans, he was also the primary editor of Global Christianity and Global Restrictions on Religion. Alan has appeared on numerous media outlets, including NPR, BBC, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the NewsHour, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, MSNBC and C-SPAN. He lives with his wife and two sons in Washington, DC.