Senior Fellow for International Religious Freedom
Lela Gilbert is Senior Fellow for International Religious Freedom at Family Research Council, where she brings her lengthy record of advocating for the persecuted overseas to solving current-day religious freedom problems around the world. Lela researches and writes extensively about global religious persecution, and having previously resided in Israel for ten years, she has developed a focus on the intensifying persecution of Christians, Jews, and other minorities in Middle East, Africa, and parts of Asia.
An award-winning writer, Lela has authored or co-authored more than sixty books, including Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians (Thomas Nelson, 2013) (co-authored with Hudson Institute Fellows Nina Shea and Paul Marshall). She co-authored the award-winning Blind Spot: When Journalists Don't Get Religion (Oxford University Press, 2008) with Paul Marshall and Roberta Green Ahmanson. Lela also served as editorial director of Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide, a volume co-authored by Paul Marshall and Nina Shea (Oxford University Press, 2011). Her work has appeared in Jerusalem Post, Fox News, Religious Unplugged, World Israel News, Providence Magazine, National Review, The Huffington Post, Catholic Herald, Jewish Policy Review and other publications.