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Christian SmithChristian Smith

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology
Concurrent Professor, Department of Theology
Director, Center for the Study of Religion and Society
Director, Center for Social Research
(PhD, Harvard University)

816 Flanner Hall

Geographic focus: Latin America and the Caribbean

Thematic interests: Sociology of religion, theories of personhood and human development, social theory, cultural sociology, adolescence

Current research: Critical realist personalism, human development, and personal and social ethics; the social-scientific study of human generosity; the religious and spiritual lives of American emerging adults; religion and science

Selected Books:

  • Moral, Believing Animals: Human Personhood and Culture (Oxford University Press, 2003)

  • Editor with Joshua Prokopy, Latin American Religion in Motion (Routledge, 1999)

  • The Emergence of Liberation Theology: Radical Religion and Social Movement Theory (University of Chicago Press, 1991)

Selected Publications:

  • "Revolutionary Evangelicals in Nicaragua: Political Opportunity, Class Interests, and Religious Identity," with Liesl Haas, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 36, 3 (1997)

  • "The Spirit and Democracy: Protestantism, Base Communities, and Democratization in Latin America," Sociology of Religion (formerly Sociological Analysis) 55, 2 (1994)




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Latin American/North America Church Concerns

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International Development Studies Minor

Latin American Studies Minor

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