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Dr. Robert D. Woodberry

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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."
Project Director | Project on Religion and Economic Change [cached]
Robert D. Woodberry Project Director | Project on Religion and Economic Change
Robert D. Woodberry
Robert Woodberry is director of the Project on Religion and Economic Change and an associate professor of political science at the National University of Singapore. His research analyzes the long-term impact of missions and colonialism on education, economic development, and political democracy in the global South.
Robert Woodberry - The ... [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, ...
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