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Paul Freston is the CIGI Chair in Religion and Politics in Global Context at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and with the Religion and Culture Department at Wilfrid Laurier University. Dr. Freston is a distinguished senior fellow and director of the Program for Studies of Religion in Latin America, Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR), Baylor University, and professor colaborador in the Post-Graduate Programme in Sociology, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil. He has published extensively on three areas: religion and politics in comparative perspective; religion, globalization and transnationalism; and transformations in the religious field of Latin America and especially Brazil. He has a special interest in stimulating opportunities for scholars based in the global south, both by supervising theses and directing international research teams.

Academic / Professional Awards

  • Distinguished Senior Fellow and Director of the Program for Studies of Religion in Latin America, Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR), Baylor University.


  • Freston, Paul, Virginia Garrard-Burnett and Stephen C. Dove, eds. 2016. “The Cambridge History of Religions in Latin America”.
    New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Freston, Paul. 2015. “Development and Religious Change in Latin America”. The Routledge Handbook of Religions and Global Development. Edited by Emma Tomalin. 141-155. London: Routledge.
  • Freston, Paul. 2001. “Evangelicals and Politics in Asia, Africa and Latin America”. Cambridge University Press.
  • Professor, Religion and Cultures
  • Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Offices: DAWB 2-116 (Laurier); BSIA 314
  • (519) 884-0710 | Ext. 4582 (Laurier)
    (226) 772-3151 (BSIA)

  • PhD in Sociology, University of Campinas, Brazil
  • MA in Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool
  • BA and MA in History and Social Anthropology, Cambridge University (Sidney Sussex College)

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