Matthew T. Lee
Matthew T. Lee, Ph.D., is joining the Program on Integrative Knowledge and Human Flourishing July 2018 as the Director of Empirical Research. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Delaware in 2000. He was a Professor and Chair of sociology and an Interim Chair in anthropology and classical studies at the University of Akron, with a secondary appointment in criminal justice studies, in addition to serving as a Faculty Fellow in both the Center for Conflict Management and the Center for Experiential Learning. He was Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity, President of the North Central Sociological Association, and he continues to serve as an ad hoc reviewer for the National Science Foundation. He is also a non-resident Research Fellow at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion. His current research explores topics such as benevolent service to others, organizational compassion capability, the integration of social science and the humanities, and the effect of character virtues on adolescent desistance from delinquency and addiction. He is the co-author of The Heart of Religion: Spiritual Empowerment, Benevolence, and the Experience of God’s Love, published by Oxford University Press, in addition to 50+ articles/book chapters and four other books.