The research agenda of the Center for Global Christianity is driven by the interests of the people who are part of its community. Reports about their ongoing work will be posted from time to time.

Latino Immigrant Ethnic Identity and Religious Affiliation in the US

As the percentage of the Latino population in the United States has grown dramatically over the previous decades, this growth has coincided with a diversification of religious adherence among Latinos. This has been most visible in growing pentecostal and evangelical expressions of Christianity. CGCM faculty associate Jonathan Calvillo recently presented his research on the impact of this diversification on Latino ethnic identity and ethnic community at the "International Colloquium on Latinos in the United States” held in Havana, Cuba, October 16th-18th.

Race, Religion, and Adoption in the United States

This year, Soojin Chung will be working as Visiting Scholar at the University of California-Berkeley Department of Ethnic Studies. There, she will be collaborating with UC Berkeley professor Carolyn Chen, investigating how the dynamic of race plays a role in the lives of Asian American adoptees. Specifically, she will examine the relationship between race and religion, focusing on the role of race in adoptees’ religious experience in American Christian homes.  

Biography in Latin American Pentecostalism

In his recent book, Tales of Mutual Influence: Biography as Missiology in Latin American Pentecostalism,  Angel D. Santiago-Vendrell (BuSTH alumnus and professor of evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary) explores the role of biography in the Pentecostal missionary endeavor in Latin America. Following the movement across the 20th century, Santiago-Vendrell describes its journey beginning with early American missionaries, its transmission in Latin America, and then its return to the United States through Latino/a migrant communities.

Transnational Missionary Movements

In the fall of 2017, Dr. Dana L. Robert will be a Senior Research Fellow at the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz, Germany. While there, she will also address the Roman Catholic and Protestant Missiological Societies on Transnational Misionary Movements. On the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the two societies will meet together for the first time.