The Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion (CDTR) was founded in 2006 at Columbia University by Professor Alfred C. Stepan through a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs. Professor Karen Barkey became co-director of CDTR in 2009. CDTR conducts research and training on the interfaces of and tensions between religion, toleration, and democracy in the world.
In addition to Social Science Matrix, the Center is also affiliated with the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion. Previously, CDTR was affiliated with the Institute for Religion, Culture, & Public Life at Columbia University.
Professor Karen Barkey of Sociology is the Director of CDTR.