Janice Shaw Crouse

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Janice Shaw Crouse Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., Senior Fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute, the think tank for Concerned Women for America, is a recognized authority on national and international cultural, children’s and women’s concerns, including sex trafficking, the United Nations, and U.S. domestic issues. Alongside Chuck Colson as Man of the Year, she was the Centers for Decency 2008 Woman of the Year. She has twice served the President as an official delegate to the United Nations (2002 and 2003).  Her book, Children at Risk, was released by Transaction Publishers, the publisher of record for social science research.  She is a weekly columnist and a popular speaker at national and international events.


The National Press Club’s compendium of experts describes Dr. Crouse as having “brought insight, keen perception and wisdom to domestic, family, political and women’s issues since the early 1990s as a Presidential speechwriter for Bush 41, United Nations delegate, think tank fellow, television commentator, speaker, author and columnist.  Her common sense, refreshing honesty and intriguing perspective on cultural and political issues expose spin to reveal truth in a way that has earned respect and made her a popular cultural analyst.  Known for applying her strong intellect and articulating her solid faith with candor and humor, she is a conservative leader who appeals across ideological and religious barriers.”


During the first Bush Administration, she was a Presidential Speech Writer, authoring major presidential policy addresses.  Currently, she is a columnist for United Press International.  In addition she writes a weekly column for Townhall.com, American Thinker,and HumanEvents.com. Her opinion editorials and columns appear in major newspapers across the nation as well as in journals and magazines – including the Washington Post and the Washington Times.  She appears on all the major television networks –– ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX News, C-SPAN, MSNBC, and CNN –– as a commentator on contemporary events and as an expert on issues like sex trafficking and how cultural influences are robbing children of their childhood.  She has been featured in numerous publications, including Congressional Quarterly and Christianity Today.  She has authored scholarly and think-tank publications and Congressional Testimony. 


She is frequently a guest lecturer on college campuses –– including most recently Princeton, Harvard, Tulane, Erskine, Asbury, and Georgetown –– and at United Nations related conventions like the World Congress of Families in Warsaw, Mexico City and Geneva. She was a major speaker at the concluding plenary session at the World Congress of Families V in Amsterdam in August 2009. She was a featured speaker at the commemoration of the International Year of the Family in Kuala, Lumpur and at the World Evangelical Fellowship in Cyprus where she spoke about “The Church’s Response to Violence Against Women.”  She is author of “Gaining Ground: A Profile of American Women in the Twentieth Century” and  Children at Risk. The book that she co-authored, “A Different Kind of Strength,” was a Conservative Book of the Month selection in 2000 and has been printed in two foreign editions.  “A Woman’s Path to True Significance” was released in June, 2007.  The just released 3-volume compendium, “The Family in the New Millennium,” includes a chapter by Dr. Crouse.


Dr. Crouse was selected to launch CWA’s think tank in May 1999 in recognition of the need for a conservative organization solely devoted to conducting quality research on contemporary issues. Believing in the unity of truth, the Institute recognizes the power of good data and analysis to inform and substantiate policy positions. Before coming to BLI, Dr. Crouse was President of Crouse Communications, a public relations and political analysis firm serving organizations in the United States and throughout the world.  Dr. Crouse also directed the work of the Ecumenical Coalition on Women and Society, a project of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. 


Previously, Dr. Crouse was Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Taylor University where she directed the work of a 94-member faculty. She was formerly Professor and Debate Coach at Asbury College and at Ball State University where she was selected as a mentor teacher and her debate team was ranked in the top ten nationally.  She received a National Community Leadership Award and Woman of the Year Award from the United States Chamber of Commerce.  She is listed in Who’s Who Among American Women.  She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Asbury College and The Institute on Religion and Democracy. She is on the Board of Advisers for the Christian Film and Television Commission.  She serves on four national Task Forces and Coalitions on national and international issues:  Against Sexual Trafficking, Against Abuse of Women, Promoting Human Rights, and Promoting Religious Freedom.  The Heritage Foundation nominated her for the 2003 Bradley Prize for her influence on contemporary issues.

© 2009 Janice Shaw Crouse