Rev. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite is a Senior Fellow at American Progress. She is also Professor of Theology at Chicago Theological Seminary and its former president between 1998 and 2008. An ordained minister of the United Church of Christ since 1974, she is the author and/or editor of numerous books, and has worked on two different translations of the bible. Thistlethwaite is currently working in a new area she calls "Public Theology" and a new book on human nature and public policy. She writes a weekly column for the Washington Post "On Faith" online section and is a frequent media commentator on religion and public events.