Senior Staff

Diana L. Eck

Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Director, The Pluralism Project



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Elinor J. Pierce

Research Director

Elinor began working for the Pluralism Project as a student field researcher in San Francisco; she was a section editor for the CD-ROM On Common Ground: World Religions in America and co-editor of World Religions in Boston: A Guide to Communities and Resources. She has been involved in "Religious Diversity News" since its inception in 1997. She developed the Women’s Networks Initiative, and was a content advisor for Acting on Faith: Women’s New Religious Activism in America. Elinor co-produced and co-directed the documentary film Fremont, U.S.A., together with Rachel Antell. She completed her B.A. in anthropology and international studies, with a core in religious studies, from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota (1988); she earned her Master of Theological Studies degree from the Harvard Divinity School (1996). Elinor currently leads the case study initiative.

Whittney Barth

Assistant Director

Whittney began her work with the Pluralism Project as a research associate for our Religious Diversity News in 2010 and continues to work on projects related to the interfaith infrastructure of the United States. In addition to studying religious pluralism academically, she has worked with several interfaith organizations including the Interfaith Youth Core, the Chautauqua Institution, and the Harvard Interfaith Collaborative. As assistant director, Whittney manages student research, manages our summer research programs, provides administrative and financial oversight, and participates in a number of local and national initiatives, conferences, and events on behalf of the Project. Whittney received her BA in comparative religion and American studies with a minor in political science from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) in 2008. She earned a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School (2011) where she completed a thesis project exploring the possibilities of integrating interfaith engagement and ecological awareness in response to the growing sense of "placelessness" in modern life.

Ryan R. Overbey


Ryan received his Ph.D. in the Study of Religion from Harvard University in 2010 and his A.B. in Classics & Sanskrit and Religious Studies from Brown University in 2001. He has served as a web assistant and web developer for the Pluralism Project since 2006, and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2010–2011. In addition to updating the content for the Pluralism Project website, he has undertaken a major rewrite of the site’s underlying architecture, and developed the infrastructure for the new edition of World Religions in Greater Boston.

Senior Research Associates

Brendan Randall

Senior Research Associate

Brendan Randall is a recovering lawyer and teacher who currently is studying religion, law and education as a doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). He is interested in how schools can prepare students to live in a religiously diverse democratic society, and his research focuses on civic education for pluralism. Brendan also has a Master of Education from HGSE in school leadership and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School in religion, ethics, and politics. Before returning to graduate school, Brendan taught history, applied ethics and comparative religion at the Emma Willard School, an independent, all-girls boarding school in Troy, NY.

Research Associates

Maggie Kreuger

Maggie Krueger is a Master of Theological Studies candidate at Harvard Divinity School with a focus in religion, ethics and politics. She obtained her undergraduate degree in journalism from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 2014, where she developed an interest in religion reporting, international relations and social justice. Maggie also has a passion for traveling, studying and working in such diverse places as Tel Aviv, Israel, Leipzig, Germany and New Delhi, India. A Chicagoland native, she looks forward to exploring Boston, understanding the breadth of religious pluralism around her and learning more about food justice and agricultural politics in her free time.

Mary Kate “MK” Long

MK is a Master of Theological Studies candidate at Harvard Divinity School where she focuses on Theravada Buddhist literature and practice in South and Southeast Asia. After completing a BA in Religion at Smith College, she bicycled across the USA to raise money for affordable housing, taught at a rural primary school near Varanasi, India, and managed environmental field stations in Bhutan, Australia and New Zealand for The School for Field Studies. Drawn back to the academic world, MK completed an MA in International Relations & Religion at Boston University in 2014, where she pursued research on religious diversity in Burma/Myanmar and the relationships between Burmese Buddhist ritual practice and the formation of political communities. MK plans to continue to prepare for doctoral work in Buddhist Studies by grappling with exciting challenges at HDS and The Pluralism Project.

Cody Musselman

Cody is a Master of Theological Studies candidate at Harvard Divinity School, focusing on American religious history, with a special interest in the American interFaith movement, American Civil Religion, the American Civil War and material culture. She obtained a BA in religious studies from Kalamazoo College. During her time at Kalamazoo, she studied abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand with the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute. In the future Cody aims to pursue doctoral study in religion.

Abhishek Raman

A native of New Delhi, India, Abhishek is a Master of Divinity candidate with a focus on Hinduism at Harvard Divinity School. After graduating from Clark University with a double major in Government & International Relations and Sociology, Abhishek initially worked at Harvard's Pluralism Project on the Case Study Initiative before moving to Chicago to work at Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC). In 2013, Abhishek was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper, a group of leaders under the age of 30 charged with catalyzing positive social change in their respective communities. He is a Resident at Harvard's Center for the Study of World Religions, serves as a Young Professional Ambassador of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and regularly consults with political organizations and candidates on developing faith-based partnerships. Abhishek is the quintessential political news junkie and spends his free time rooting for the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.