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Paul Froese
Paul F for ProfileWhen it's nice outside, Dr. Paul Froese opens the windows in his third-story office in Burleson Hall. He can breathe deeply; not only is the weather outside sunny and temperate, he has another book slated for release this year.

His first book, "The Plot to Kill God: Findings from the Soviet Experiment in Secularization" analyzes the years following the Russian Revolution of 1917, when the communist government planned a highly elaborate, massive campaign to eradicate religion altogether "It is a study of the intersection of political philosophy, Russian society and religious ideology," he says. "Government is such a major influencer in what you believe."

Dr. Froese received his undergraduate degree in Russian from Grinnell College in Iowa and moved across a state to pursue a masters degree in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin. "After that, I drove trucks and tended bar for a while to make ends meet," he says. "I was trying to find the next thing."

That thing came in the form of another move, this time across the nation and another masters degree, in sociology. "I figured I needed to be more marketable," he says. After finishing his masters, he stayed at the University of Washington to earn his Ph.D. and finally made his way south, to Waco, Texas.

"I came to Baylor because I hoped that it would develop an internationally known hub for the social scientific study of religion," Dr Froese says. "I stayed at Baylor because it exceeded my hopes."

He is a principal investigator for the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, which is an entity committed to approaching the complex study of religion from a multi-disciplinary viewpoint. "I am currently researching society's images of God," he says. "I'm working with Dr. Chris Bader on a book called ‘One Nation Under Four Gods', and it analyzes how differing views of God are shaping America."

Alongside research and writing, Dr Froese considers working with his graduate students one of the most meaningful parts of his job. "I am lucky to be able to work with some of the most focused, dedicated and fun graduate students I have ever met," he says. "We reverse the trend of huge graduate programs where students are many and opportunities are few."

When Dr. Froese is not teaching, writing or waxing sociological about pre-Bolshevik Russia, he spends time with his wife, Jana, his son, Milo, and his daughter, Sasha.