Brie Loskota is the inaugural executive director of the Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion at the University of Chicago. Prior to joining UChicago, she served as executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California. Her research explores how religions change and make change in the world. She is co-founder and senior advisor to the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute and implementing partner for the United State Institute of Peace’s Generation Change program where she trains emerging leaders committed to peace-building from the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Colombia.
Loskota works with U.S. local, state and federal government agencies to ensure more effective partnership with faith communities on issues including public health, mental health, and disaster response. She co-authored the first Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training curriculum on engaging faith communities in disasters and 16 tip sheets aimed at increasing religious competency in disaster response. She co-edited a religious literacy primer for disaster response and a field guide for faith community engagement for emergency management and public health officials. She co-authored material for mass care of religious minorities that was adopted by the American Red Cross. These materials are part of the newly launched Disasters and Religions app that Loskota co-created.
She is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and currently serves as a member of the CFR Religion Advisory Committee, a Truman National Security Fellow, a German Marshall Memorial Foundation Fellow, and fellow at the Safe Communities Institute at USC. She was awarded the inaugural Fearless Ally award in 2016 by the El-Hibri Foundation for her work with the American Muslim Community. In 2017, the World Economic Forum named Brie a Young Global Leader. She is on the boards of several non-profit organizations and government bodies working at the intersections of religion and public life and was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to two terms on his interfaith collaborative advisory group. In 2020, she was elected to the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion’s Council and chairs SSSR's communications committee.