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Dr. Robert D. Woodberry

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Local Address:  Singapore
National University of Singapore
15 Kent Ridge Drive
Philadelphia , 119245

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  • degree
    University of Texas-Austin Sociologist
  • Ph.D. degree
  • Master
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Ed Brown | Emerging Scholars Blog, 24 Oct 2014 [cached]
The World the Missionaries Made is a report on the work of Robert Woodberry, a sociologist currently researching atRead more...
Despite the threats from the Taliban ..., 21 Mar 2014 [cached]
Despite the threats from the Taliban and other extremists, a recently publicized study by Robert Woodberry, a sociologist and professor at the National University of Singapore, showed the presence of "conversionary Protestant" missionaries helps to explain why some nations develop stable democracies.
After 10 years of postgraduate study, Woodberry concluded in a study published by the American Political Science Review in 2012: 
"Areas where Protestant missionaries had a significant presence in the past are on average more economically developed today, with comparatively better health, lower infant mortality, lower corruption, greater literacy, higher educational attainment (especially for women), and more robust membership in nongovernmental associations."
Woodberry told Christianity Today, "Even in places where few people converted, [missionaries] had a profound economic and political impact."
HCI News and Updates [cached]
Robert Woodberry - The Missionary Roots of Liberal Democracy
Robert D. Woodberry was the speaker at our Noontime Luncheon Lecture in May. His talk, "From Abolutionism to Environmentalism: The Impact of Christianity on Cultural Transformation" was a fascinating examination of the standard theories for why democracy has emerged in some places but not in others and the role Christianity has played in this. Hear a recording of Bob's talk HERE.
This lecture, presented by Bob Woodberry, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, included real stories of the impact Christianity has had and is having on cultural and social movements and change around the world. Mr. Woodberry has done extensive research across the globe to study how Christianity has impacted both economic and political climate of nations. In education, human rights, politics, technology, economics, and many other aspects of society, Christianity has had significant influence, but often goes unmentioned. Regardless of how one evaluates these changes, the impact has been profound.
Bob grew up in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia and has worked in China and Japan and has traveled to over 55 countries.
[L]iteracy seems clearly connected with ..., 21 Nov 2009 [cached]
[L]iteracy seems clearly connected with economic development, and mass literacy is a Protestant invention, says Robert D. Woodberry, a sociologist at University of Texas at Austin. He has mapped how missionaries spread literacy, ...
The Surprising Discovery About Those Colonialist, Proselytizing Missionaries | MorningStar Missions, 17 May 2014 [cached]
But thanks to a quiet, persistent sociologist named Robert Woodberry, we now know for certain that they include many more John Mackenzies. In fact, the work of missionaries like Mackenzie turns out to be the single largest factor in ensuring the health of nations.
'This Is Why God Made Me'
Fourteen years ago, Woodberry was a graduate student in sociology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC).
Then I read Bob's work.
In 2010, when Woodberry submitted his article to the American Political Science Review, the editors asked him to add case studies, run more regressions, and make all data and models public. For the article, he produced 192 pages of supporting material.
Woodberry would temper our triumphalism, to be sure, reminding us that all these positive outcomes were somewhat unintended, a sign of God's greater purposes being worked out through the lives of devoted but imperfect people.
Still, a little affirmation seems appropriate. As Dana Robert notes, "Bob's research shows that the total is more than the sum of its parts.
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