Dr. Lydia Bean

Lydia is a Harvard-trained sociologist and author of The Politics of Evangelical Identity (Princeton University Press, 2014). As Senior Consultant to the PICO National Network, she works to raise civic participation among low-income and moderate-income people of faith.  PICO is the largest multi-racial network in the country that develops leadership in local congregations to address community problems.

Lydia writes and consults on religion in public life, grassroots organizing, civic leadership development, and the Rising American Electorate. Her research has been published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Social Science Quarterly, and Sociology of Religion. As a strategic consultant, she has helped movements and foundations engage faith communities more effectively on a variety of issues, including immigration, criminal justice reform, and climate change. As a professor at Baylor University, she previously taught courses on inequality, race, religion, and social theory. Lydia completed a Ph.D in sociology at Harvard University and a bachelors at Austin College.

Lydia brings over a decade of regional experience in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi since co-founding Friends of Justice in 1999. She is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network and the Leading Change Network. Lydia is married to Norman Lee, a public artist and co-principal of RE:site Studio. Analysis and commentary on this site are her own.


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