Mark Oppenheimer, a freelance journalist and former newspaper editor, directs the Yale Journalism Initiative. Oppenheimer received his B.A. in history from Yale in 1996 and received his Ph.D. in religious studies, also from Yale, in 2003. He is the author of two books: Knocking on Heaven's Door: American Religion in the Age of Counterculture and Thirteen and a Day: The Bar and Bat Mitzvah Across America. In 2003, he was the first Koret Young Writer on Jewish Themes at Stanford University; he has also taught at Wesleyan, Hartford Seminary, and New York University, and in 2008-2009 he is teaching in Yale’s English and Political Science departments. In 2000 and 2001, Oppenheimer was religion writer for the Hartford Courant, and from 2004 to 2006 was the editor of the New Haven Advocate, an alternative weekly paper. His freelance writing has appeared in Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The American Scholar, Slate, Details, Salon, The New Yorker, and elsewhere.