William Grassie is founder and executive director of the Metanexus Institute <www.metanexus.net>. Metanexus has worked with some four hundred partners at universities in forty-five countries. Metanexus publishes an online journal with over 9000 subscribers. Grassie is a frequent contributor to the publication.
Grassie received his doctorate in religion from Temple University in 1994 and his BA from Middlebury College in 1979. He has taught in a variety of positions at Temple University, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to graduate school, he worked for ten years in international relations and conflict resolution in Washington, D.C; Jerusalem, Israel; Berlin, Germany; and Philadelphia, PA.
He 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 Fulbright Fellow in the Department of Buddhist Studies at the University of Peradeniya in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
Grassie is author of The New Sciences of Religion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and Politics by Other Means (Metanexus, 2010). Grassie has also edited Advanced Methologoies in the Scientific Study of Religion and Spirituality (Metanexus 2010) and with Gregory Hansell Transhumanism and Its Critics (Metanexus, 2010).