Faculty Advisory Committee

The Boniuk Institute’s multidisciplinary Faculty Advisory Board is comprised of Rice University professors across the fields of sociology, anthropology, religious studies, and engineering.

C. Sidney Burrus

C. Sidney Burrus is Maxfield Oshman Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University. He is also Senior Strategist for Connexions (OpenStax Cnx), and former dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering. His interests are in digital signal processing (DSP) including filter design and implementation and in efficient signal processing algorithms. In the past 15 years, he has been involved with the use of technology to improve education.

Anthony B. Pinn

Anthony B. Pinn is Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religion at Rice University. Pinn is the founding director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) also at Rice University. Pinn’s research interests include religion and culture; humanism; and hip hop culture. He is the author/editor of over 35 books, including Introducing African American Religion (2012), The End of God-Talk: An African American Humanist Theology (2012). In addition, he is Director of Research for the Institute for Humanist Studies.

Niki K. Clements

Niki Kasumi Clements is Watt J. & Lilly G. Jackson Assistant Professor of Religion at Rice University and works at the disciplinary intersection between the history of Christianity and philosophy of religion. Her research includes Mental Religion (Macmillan 2016), an edited volume on the study of religion in the cognitive and neurosciences, and two in-progress monographs on John Cassian and Michel Foucault. In addition, Clements has been working with the Religious Freedom Center (D.C.) and American Academy of Religion on policy proposals for the study of religion in K-12 education.