William Grassie is founder and emeritus executive director of the Metanexus
Institute on Religion and Science (formerly known as the Philadelphia Center for
Religion and Science). Metanexus currently works with some 400 partners at
universities in 43 countries. Metanexus publishes an online journal, the Global
Spiral, with hundreds of thousand monthly page views and over 9000 subscribers.
Grassie is a frequent contributor to the publication.
Grassie received his doctorate in religion from Temple University in 1994 and
his BA from Middlebury College in 1979. Grassie has taught in a variety of
positions at Temple University, Swarthmore College, and the University of
Pennsylvania. Prior to graduate school, Grassie worked for ten years in
international relations and conflict resolution in Washington, D.C; Jerusalem,
Israel; Berlin, Germany; and Philadelphia, PA.
He is the recipient of a number of academic awards and grants from the American
Friends Service Committee, the Roothbert Fellowship, and the John Templeton
Foundation. In 2007-2008, Grassie is serving as a Senior Fulbright Fellow in the
Department of Buddhist Studies at the University of Peradeniya in Kandy, Sri
Lanka. Grassie continues to serve on the Governing and Academic Boards of the
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