Gastón Espinosa

Gastón Espinosa, Ph.D.

Arthur V. Stoughton Professor of Religious Studies

Religious Studies
Areas of Expertise:
American Religion & Politics, Latino Religions, Latino Religions and Politics, Pentecostal, Charismatic, & Liberation Movements, Religion and the American Presidency, Religion in the United States

Gastón Espinosa
(909) 621-8395
Kravis Center 268

Office Hours

Tuesday, 2:45-4:15 p.m.Thursday, 2:45-4:15 p.m.
  • Biography
  • Education
  • Research and Publications

Prof. Espinosa specializes in American Religious History, U.S. Latino Religions, Pentecostal/Charismatic Movements, American Religion and Politics, American Religion and Film

U.C. Santa Barbara (Ph.D), Dartmouth College (Fellow), Harvard University (Master's), Princeton Seminary (Master's)
  • Latino Pentecostals in America: Faith & Politics in Action (Harvard, 2014).

  • William J. Seymour & Origins of Global Pentecostalism (Duke, 2014).

  • Religion, Race, & Barack Obama's New Democratic Pluralism (2012).

  • Religion, Race, & the American Presidency (2011).

  • Religion & American Presidency: Washington to Bush (Columbia, 2009).

  • Gastón Espinosa et al. Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States (Oxford, 2005).

  • Mexican American Religions: Spirituality, Activism, & Culture (Duke, 2008).

  • Gastón Espinosa, “Latinos and Religion in the 2008 Presidential Election,” Hemisphere (School of International and Public Affairs, Florida International University, Fall 2009).

  • Gastón Espinosa, “’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.

  • Gastón Espinosa, “Changements démographiques et religieux chez les hispaniques des Etats-Unis,” Social Compass: International Review of Sociology of Religion, 51(3) (2004): 309-327.

  • Gastón Espinosa, "'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 2014

  • 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). The study also interviewed 266 Latinos 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).