John L. Esposito is the founding director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding as well as a professor of religion and international affairs and of Islamic studies at Georgetown University. Esposito has served as consultant to the U.S. Department of State and other agencies, European and Asian governments and corporations, universities, and the media worldwide. He is a former president of the American Academy of Religion, the Middle East Studies Association of North America, and of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies. His more than 45 books and monographs include: Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think (with Dalia Mogahed), World Religions Today, and Religion and Globalization (with D. Fasching & T. Lewis).