Elaine Graham is Grosvenor Research Professor of Practical Theology at the University of Chester, a position she has held since 2009. Her most recent work considers public theology as a form of Christian apologetics: Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Public Theology in a Post-Secular Age (2013) and Apologetics without Apology: speaking of God in a world troubled by religion (Cascade, 2017).
Robert Orsi (Ph.D., Yale, 1983) is the first holder of the Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies in the Religion Department; he holds a joint appointment in History. He studies American Catholicism in both historical and ethnographic perspective, and he is widely recognized also for his work on theory and method for the study of religion. He is currently at work on The Cambridge Companion to Religious Studies and on a social and cultural history of 20th-century Catholic childhoods in the United States, to be published by Harvard University Press.