William John Grassie (aka "Billy") received his doctorate in religion from Temple University in 1994 and his BA in political science from Middlebury College in 1979. Grassie has taught in a variety of positions at Temple University, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to graduate school, Grassie worked for ten years in international relations and conflict resolution in Washington, D.C; Jerusalem, Israel; Berlin, Germany; and Philadelphia, PA.
William Grassie is the founding executive director of the Metanexus Institute. Founded in 1998, Metanexus ran grant competitions and research conferences for the John Templeton Foundation. Grassie also served for seven years on the advisory board of the John Templeton Foundation and worked closely with the senior staff, trustees, laureates, advisors, and Sir John. At its peak, Metanexus had a staff of seventeen based in Philadelphia. The organization worked with over 400 partners at universities in 45 countries and hosted a dozen highly acclaimed international conferences. Metanexus began online in 1997 as a moderated listserv and grew quickly into an evolving website that continues today at www.metanexus.net. Metanexus promotes scientifically rigorous and philosophically open-ended explorations of foundational questions under the banner "Big History, Big Problems, Big Questions."
William Grassie is the recipient of a number of academic awards and grants from the American Friends Service Committee, the Roothbert Fellowship, and the John Templeton Foundation. In 2007-2008, Grassie served as a Senior Fulbright Fellow in the Department of Buddhist Studies at the University of Peradeniya in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
William Grassie is author of two books -- The New Sciences of Religion: Exploring Spirituality from the Outside In and Bottom Up and Politics by Other Means: Science and Religion in the 21st Century.
This website contains copies of essays and photographs by William Grassie. Copyright 1986 to today.