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Paul Freston is a professor 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 Culture
  • Wilfrid Laurier University

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

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  • 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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