James W. Skillen

James Skillen became director of the Center for Public Justice in 1982 and has served as its president since 2000.  The Center is an independent, non-partisan, public-policy research center and a civic-education organization established in 1977.  He earned his PhD in political science at Duke University in 1974, a divinity degree in 1969 at Westminster Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in philosophy in 1966 at Wheaton College.  His most recent books are With or Against the World? America’s Role Among the Nations (2005) and In Pursuit of Justice: Christian-Democratic Explorations (2004).  He is the editor of the Center’s biweekly Capital Commentary and an occasional column Root & Branch: The Religion and Society Debate.  He and Doreen were married in 1966 and have two children—Jeanene and Jamie—and two grandchildren—Samuel and Benjamin.

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