D. Michael Lindsay is assistant professor of sociology at Rice University, where he is also the faculty associate of Leadership Rice and director of the Program for the Study of Leadership housed within the Institute for Urban Research at Rice University. He is also a Rice Scholar at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. Lindsay has been honored by two international scholarly societies -- the International Sociological Association and the International Leadership Association -- as well as the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Association for the Sociology of Religion. A sociologist by training, Lindsay's research is published in the leading scholarly journals of sociology, religion and American studies.
Dr. Lindsay earned his Ph.D. in sociology at Princeton University, where he was named a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow in 2002 and the Harold W. Dodds Fellow in 2004. He also received the 2003 Outstanding Teaching Award -- the university’s highest award for graduate student teaching -- from Princeton’s Graduate School and the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni.
A sought-after public speaker and advisor, Lindsay served for several years as the consultant for religion and culture to the George H. Gallup International Institute. There he directed several national surveys on a range of topics. Lindsay and George Gallup, Jr., co-authored two books and appeared frequently in the national media and on the lecture circuit discussing matters surrounding faith and society. He serves on the advisory board of several organizations and is a regular columnist for Rev., a widely-read magazine for religious leaders. Dr. Lindsay’s speaking engagements are booked through the Leigh Bureau.
A Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude graduate of Baylor University, Lindsay earned a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was a presidential scholar. He then earned an additional degree at Oxford as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar before returning to Princeton for doctoral work.
Lindsay is married to Rebecca Ward Lindsay, an educator who also is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Baylor. She earned a graduate degree in education at Columbia University and has taught for nearly ten years at the secondary level. They are the proud parents of three daughters: Elizabeth and twins, Caroline and Emily. The Lindsay family presently resides in Houston, Texas.