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Charles Haynes
Senior Scholar
First Amendment Center

Dr. Charles C. Haynes is senior scholar at the First Amendment Center. He writes and speaks extensively on religious liberty and religion in American public life. Haynes is best known for his work on First Amendment issues in public schools. Over the past two decades, he has been the principal organizer and drafter of consensus guidelines on religious liberty in schools, endorsed by a broad range of civil liberties and educational organizations. In January 2000, three of these guides were distributed by the U.S. Department of Education to every public school in the nation.

Dr. Haynes is the author or co-author of six books, including First Freedoms: A Documentary History of First Amendment Rights in America (Oxford University Press, 2006) and The First Amendment in Schools (ASCD, 2003). His column, "Inside the First Amendment," appears in newspapers nationwide. He is a founding board member of the Character Education Partnership and serves on the Steering Committee of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools. He chairs the Committee on Religious Liberty of the National Council of Churches.

Widely quoted in news magazines and major newspapers, Dr. Haynes is also a frequent guest on television and radio. He has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal and on ABC's "Evening News." In 2008 he received the Virginia First Freedom Award from the Council for America's First Freedom. Dr. Haynes holds an M.A. from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D from Emory University.

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