Gaston Espinosa, Ph.D.
Professor Gastón Espinosa is the Arthur V. Stoughton Professor of Religious Studies at Claremont McKenna College and was a 2016-2017 Visiting Scholar in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. He served two-terms as President of La Comunidad of Hispanic Scholars of Religion at the American Academy of Religion, two-terms on the American Academy of Religion Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Professions (CREM), and was named an National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the NHC Institute for Advanced Studies in Raleigh-Durham.
From 1999-2002, he served as project manager and director of research of $1.3 million The Pew Charitable Trusts Hispanic Churches in American Public Life study. Since 1998, he has directed 8 social science research surveys: Latino Pentecostal and Methodist Women in Ministry Survey 1998 (n = 200), Hispanic Churches in American Public Life National Survey 2000 (n = 2,310), Latino Religious Leaders Survey 2001 (n = 205), Latino Civic Leaders Survey 2001 (n = 229), Latino Religions and Politics National Survey 2008 (n = 1,102), Latino Religions and Politics National Survey 2012 (n = 1,000), Latino Muslims in American Public Life Survey 2014 (n = 560), and Latino Religions and Politics National Survey 2020 (n = 1,292). He is currently preparing the Latino Muslims in America Survey for the Fall 2022.
Dr. Espinosa served as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Chair of the 5 Claremont Colleges Religious Studies Program, and Chair of the 7 Claremont Colleges Committee on Religious Affairs (CORA).
His work has appeared in many publications including, The Annals of American Political and Social Sciences, Social Compass: International Review of the Sociology of Religion, The Journal of Race, Ethnicity and Religion, and The Journal of the American Academy of Religion.
He has given almost 200 scholarly presentations at universities and centers around the world, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Penn, Dartmouth, Chicago, Notre Dame, Northwestern, UCLA, USC, UC Berkeley, UCI, University of Heidelberg (Germany), University of Munster (Germany), University of Halle-Wittenberg (Germany), Science Po (CERI) (France), Ecoles Institute (France), University of Paris (VII, XII), Uppsala University (Sweden), Lund University (Sweden), Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, I.I. Mechnikov National University of Odesa, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, BBC, National Public Radio (NPR) and the National Press Club in Washington, DC., among other places. His thoughts and opinions have been cited numerous times in the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, and many other newspapers across the U.S.
He is the author/editor of eight books, including Latino Pentecostals in America: Faith and Politics in Action (Harvard University Press), William J. Seymour and the Origins of Global Pentecostalism: A Biography and Documentary History (Duke University Press), Religion, Race, and Barack Obama's New Democratic Pluralism (Routledge Publishers), Religion, Race, and the American Presidency (Rowman & Littlefield), Religion and the American Presidency: George Washington to George W. Bush (Columbia University Press), Mexican American Religions: Spirituality, Activism and Culture (Duke University Press), Rethinking Latino/a Religions and Identity (Pilgrim Press), and U.S. Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States (Oxford University Press).
He is currently finishing Latino Religions and Politics in American Public Life and serves as co-editor of The Columbia University Press Series in Religion and Politics.
U.C. Santa Barbara (Ph.D), Dartmouth College (Fellow), Harvard University (Master's), Princeton Seminary (Master's)
Awards and Affiliations
Director, Latino Religions and Politics National Survey 2020 (n = 1,292 Latino registered voters)
Gould Center Grant for Spiritual Impulse of the Civil Rights Movement Lab
Fellow in the Department of Politics, Princeton University
Nominated to apply for the Reinhold Niebuhr Endowed Professorship at Harvard University
Distinguished Visiting Prof. in Religion & Politics, Cluster of Excellence, Münster U, Germany
Upson Endowed Chair and Professorship, Princeton Seminary, Declined.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship at the National Humanities Center Institute for Advanced Studies, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
Dartmouth College César Chávez Dissertation Year Fellowship
Princeton Woodrow Wilson Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship
Yale Pew Program in Religion & American History Summer Fellowship
Huggins-Quarles Award & Grant from the Organization of American Historians (OAH)
California Council for the Humanities (CCH) Documentary Scriptwriting Grant
U.C. Santa Barbara Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in Humanities & Fine Arts
Research and Publications
National Survey Director, Latino Religions and Politics (LRAP) National Survey (n = 1,292 Latino reg voters - including a large Protestant over sample), Fall 2020.
“COVID-19 Apocalypse: Pandemics, Race Riots & End of the World,” Journal of Religion&American Culture, Fall 2020.
“Latino Muslims the United States: Reversion, Politics,and Islamidad,” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, Vol. 8, Issue 1 (June 2017): 1-48
Latino Pentecostals in America: Faith & Politics in Action (Harvard, 2014).
William J. Seymour and the Origins of Global Pentecostalism (Duke, 2014).
Religion, Race, and Barack Obama's New Democratic Pluralism (2012).
Religion, Race, and the American Presidency (2011).
Religion & American Presidency: Washington to Bush (Columbia, 2009).
Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States (Oxford, 2005).
Mexican American Religions: Spirituality, Activism, & Culture (Duke, 2008).
“Latinos and Religion in the 2008 Presidential Election,” Hemisphere (School of International and Public Affairs, Florida International University, Fall 2009).
“’Today We Act, Tomorrow We Vote’: Latino Religions, Politics, and Activism in U.S. Civil Society,” The Annals of American Academy of Political & Social Science (July 2007): 151-171.
“Changements démographiques et religieux chez les hispaniques des Etats-Unis,” Social Compass: International Review of Sociology of Religion, 51(3) (2004): 309-327.
"'El Azteca:' Francisco Olazábal and Latino Pentecostal Charisma, Power, and Healing in the Borderlands," Journal of the American Academy of Religion 67/3 (Sept., 1999): 597-616.
National Survey Director, Latino Religions and Politics (LRAP) National Survey (n = 1,000 Latino likely voters), Fall 2012
National Survey Director, Latino Religions and Politics (LRAP) National Survey (n = 1,104 Latino respondents, 700 registered voters), Fall 2008.
Project Manager, Hispanic Churches in American Public Life (HCAPL) Project. This three-year (1999-2002) project was funded by a $1.3 million grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts. The HCAPL project fielded four surveys, including a U.S. Latino national survey (n = 2,060 respondents), a Puerto Rican island survey (n = 250), a Latino religious leaders survey (n = 205), and a Latino civic leaders survey (n = 229). It also included a large Protestant over sample. I directed community profiles field research with 266 Latinos/as in 45 congregations representing 25 religious traditions in 8 cities and rural areas (e.g., LA, San Antonio, NYC, Miami, Chicago, rural Colorado, rural Iowa, Puerto Rico).