I am a sociologist of religion. I currently occupy the CIGI Chair in Religion and Politics in Global Context at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Wilfrid Laurier University. I am also professor of sociology on the post-graduate programme in sociology at the Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil. I previously taught at several universities in Brazil. My PhD (in social science) was from the University of Campinas, Brazil. I obtained an MA (in Latin American Studies) from the University of Liverpool and a BA (in History and Anthropology) from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.
My current work includes being principal investigator on a large collaborative research project on Pentecostal forms of Christianity in Brazil and their relationship to politics, to transnational expansion, and to inter-religious relations. I also work as co-editor of a forthcoming Cambridge History of Religion in Latin America, and as researcher on two new international research projects: on religion and human rights in Latin America; and on religious persecution worldwide.
I supervise master’s and doctoral students on topics connected with the sociology of religion, on religion and politics, on Latin America, and on aspects of international affairs.
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