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Tulane University

David Smilde

Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations and Senior Associate Fellow at CIPR


  • B.A., Calvin College, Sociology & Philosophy, 1989
  • M.A., University of Chicago, Sociology, 1994
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, Sociology, 1994

Academic Experience

  • Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations, 2016-
  • Professor, Tulane University, 2014-
  • Associate Professor, University of Georgia, 2001-2014

Related Experience

  • Editor-in-Chief, Qualitative Sociology, 2011-2015
  • Senior Fellow, Washington Office on Latin America, 2011-
  • Consultant, Latin America Program, Open Society Foundations, 2008-
  • Chair, Section on Venezuelan Studies, Latin American Studies Association, 2010-2012
  • Executive Council, University of Georgia Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, 2008-2012


  • Finalist, Clifford Geertz Book Award, 2009
  • Winner, Distinguished Book Award, Section on the Sociology of Religion, American Sociological Association, 2009
  • Honorable Mention, Distinguished Article Award, Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements, American Sociological Association, 2006
  • Language:*
  • Spanish

Overseas Experience

  • Venezuela

Research & Teaching Specializations religion, politics and protest in Venezuela, qualitative methods

Selected Publications

  • 2013. “Strategic Posture Review: Venezuela.” In World Politics Review. September 17.
  • 2012. Religion on the Edge: Decentering and Recentering the Sociology of Religion. With Courtney Bender, Wendy Cadge, Peggy Levitt. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • 2011. Venezuela’s Bolivarian Democracy: Participation, Politics and Culture in Venezuela’s Bolivarian Democracy. Editor with Daniel Hellinger. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • 2007. Reason to Believe: Cultural Agency in Latin American Evangelicalism. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • 2002. Protesta y Cultura en Venezuela: Los Marcos de Acción Colectiva en 1999. With Margarita López Maya and Keta Stephany. Caracas: FACES-UCV/CENDES/FONACIT.
    Latin American-Related Courses Taught in Last 2 years Development of Sociological Theory

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Latin American Graduate Oraganization (LAGO) 2018 Conference: Call for Proposals

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The Latin American Graduate Organization will be hosting its 2018 Latin American Studies Conference titled Thinking of the Future: Expanding the possible in the Americas (Pensando en el porvenir: Expandiendo lo posible en las Américas) February 23 – 25, 2018, at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This year, the conference topic is meant to challenge academics and activists to move beyond critiques and recommendations of how to address modern days issues, and instead articulate a vision of and for the future.

The LAGO Conference welcomes all disciplines and all approaches, as long as the project attempts to grapple with the idea of building something better. This is a Latin American Studies Conference, but creative writers, journalists, artists, performers, organizers, lawyers and healthcare providers as well as graduate students and other academics are welcome. Proposals are accepted in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and English.

Deadlines: Abstracts of papers and projects are due November 25, 2017. Abstracts of papers or project descriptions must not exceed 300 words.

Please contact with questions. For more information, visit the official conference website.