Hartford Seminary

David Roozen

Professor of Religion and Society
Director of Hartford Institute for Religion Research


  • Ph.D. (Emory)
  • M.A. (Florida State)
  • B.A. (Lawrence University)

Areas of Study

  • National Religious Trends
  • Organizational Change


David Roozen is a widely published student of American religious change, parish life, urban mission, denominational structures and theological education.  His most recent book is a collection of case studies of seminary courses teaching interfaith dialogue, the second in his series on Changing the Way Seminaries Teach.  His most recent work on theological education and multifaith leadership was the final report for the Task Force on Interfaith Initiatives in Theological Education of the 2009 Parliament of World Religions.

Roozen has served as consultant to numerous mainline and evangelical Protestant denominations; to several national research organizations including the Gallup Poll, the National Opinion Research Center and the Futures Group; and to several prominent national studies of religion in America including the “Unchurched American,” the Annenberg/Gallup study of religious television, the Duke University study of the Black Church in the Black Experience and the Jewish Theological Seminary study of Religious Expression of Conservative Jews.

The common thread in all his recent work is, according to Roozen, “a passion to create the understanding and resources with which religious organizations and their leaders can adapt their inherited faith traditions to the seeming confusion of a rapidly changing and globalizing society. “

He is a past officer of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, former representative to the National Council of Churches, and a current officer of the Religious Research Association.  He is a past president of the Hartford based Asylum Hill Christian Community and the Christian Activities Council, and currently serves as chair of the Internal Review Board for  the Hartford based, Institute for Community Research and as chair of the Investment Committee for the Christian Activities Council.


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