Manuel A. Vásquez, Professor and Chair
107B Anderson Hall
Religions of Latin America and among U.S. Latinos, Method & Theory, Religion & Globalization

Manuel A. Vásquez received his B.S. from Georgetown University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Temple University. He has been an Andrew W. Mellon fellow at Wesleyan University’s Center for the Americas. His area of expertise is the intersection of religion, immigration, and globalization in the Americas. In particular, he has focused on contemporary transnational religious networks across the hemisphere, with increasing interest in the comparative study of transnational religious dynamics in the “Global South.” Vásquez’s empirical work is combined with interest in method and theory, particularly in regard to embodiment, material culture, practices, place-making, and mobility (physical and virtual).

Vásquez is the author of More than Belief: A Materialist Theory of Religion (Oxford, 2011) and The Brazilian Popular Church and the Crisis of Modernity (Cambridge, 1998). He also co-authored Living ‘Illegal’: The Human Face of Unauthorized Immigration (New Press, 2011; updated and expanded 2nd edition 2013), and Globalizing the Sacred: Religion across the Americas (Rutgers, 2003). Moreover, he has published a number of co-edited volumes, including The Diaspora of Brazilian Religion (Brill, 2013), A Place to Be: Brazilian, Guatemalan, and Mexican Immigrants in Florida’s New Destinations (Rutgers, 2009), Latin American Religions: Histories and Documents in Context (NYU, 2008), and Immigrant Faiths: Transforming Religious Life in America. (AltaMira, 2005).

Vásquez’s current projects include Brazil, a commissioned volume in the Augsburg-Fortress series “Understanding World Christianity,” to be co-authored with Silvia Fernandes; the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Material Religion, co-edited with Vasudha Narayanan; and The Oxford Handbook of Latin American Christianity, co-edited with David Orique and Susan Fitzpatrick-Behrens.  Vásquez is also completing a special issue of Global Networks entitled “The Religious Lives of Migrant Minorities: A Transnational and Multi-Sited Perspective” with Josh DeWind (Social Science Research Council).

Vásquez is director of the interdisciplinary Program for Immigration, Religion, and Social Change (PIRSC), which has received funding from the Ford Foundation.

Recent Awards:

  • UF Research Foundation Professor (2004-2006)
  • Neikirk Term Professor (2002-2003)

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