Robert Osburn is the founder (2009) and Executive Director of the Wilberforce Academy, an organization whose mission is to train college students, especially international students, to be redemptive change agents in their home societies and workplaces. He speaks on comparative worldviews, Christians and academia, bribery and corruption, and nation-building from a Christian perspective. He has taught courses as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota, and has also developed other courses on comparative worldviews and Christian political theory. In May 2016, his book on bribery and corruption, Taming the Beast: Can We Bridle the Culture of Corruption? was published.
Based on his research on the religious experiences of Buddhist, Muslim and Christian international students, he received his PhD in comparative and international development education at the University of Minnesota in November 2005. He holds a BA from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Theology (ThM) from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the father of four sons, grandfather to ten, and has been married to Susan for 44 years. Bob and Susan reside in Roseville, Minnesota.
Here is a short list of resources Bob appreciates on the topics of faith and public integrity:
- Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform Cultures (Darrow Miller)
- The Universe Next Door (James Sire)
- Truth and Transformation (Vishal Mangalwadi)
- Creating the Better Hour: Lessons from William Wilberforce (Ed. by Chuck Stetson)
- The Cure for Corruption (Robert Rotberg)
- Culture Matters (Ed. by Harrison & Huntington)
- Bribes (John Noonan)