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Paul Freston, Background

Paul Freston is the CIGI chair in religion and politics in global context at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and professor in the Department of Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is a distinguished senior fellow and director of the Studies of Religion in Latin America program at the Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University; professor colaborador in the post-graduate program in Sociology, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil and investigador colaborador in the Centro de Estudos de Migração e Minorias Étnicas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. Paul has a special interest in stimulating opportunities for scholars based in the global south, both by supervising theses and directing international research teams.

Paul has published nine books and more than 65 articles, is co-editor of the forthcoming Cambridge History of Religions in Latin America and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary Religion, Religião e Sociedade, Review of Faith and International Affairs, Fieldwork in Religion and Plura. His work on religion and politics has led to three major books: Evangelicals and Politics in Asia, Africa and Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2001); Protestant Political Parties: a Global Survey (Ashgate, 2004); and Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Latin America (Oxford University Press, 2008).

Paul is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Selected Publications

  1. Freston, Paul (2008). Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Latin America. New York: Oxford University Press.
  2. Freston, Paul (2004). Protestant Political Parties: A Global Survey. London: Ashgate.
  3. Freston, Paul (2001). Evangelicals and Politics in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  4. Freston, Paul (co-authored) (1994). Nem Anjos Nem Demônios: Interpretações Sociológicas do Pentecostalismo. Petrópolis: Vozes.