Portrait of Daniel Ramirez
  • Email
    daniel.ramirez@cgu.edu
  • Degrees
    PhD, American Religious History, Duke University
    MA, Religion, Duke University
    BA, Political Science: American Government, Yale College
  • Research Interests
    American religious history; Latin American religious history; Religion, migration, and transnationalism; Religion in borderlands; Contemporary theories of religion

Daniel Ramírez joined Claremont Graduate University’s Religion Department in July 2016. His research interests lie primarily in American religious history and Latin American religious history both within and outside the United States. Ramírez has taught a vast range of courses within these broad fields, including American Evangelicalisms and Fundamentalisms; Religion, Migration, and Transnationalism; History of the Hispanic Heterodox: Latina/o Religious History; Religious Pathways of the Borderlands; and Film and Religious History, among others.

Ramírez received his BA in Political Science at Yale College before going on to receive his MA and PhD from Duke University in American Religious History. At Duke, Ramírez received many awards and fellowships, including the Duke University Latin American and Caribbean Studies (DULACS) Program Foreign Language and Area Studies Dissertation Research Fellowship, Duke Graduate School International Research Award, and the Duke Graduate School A. Webb Dissertation Research Technology Award.

During Ramírez’s career, he has published numerous book chapters and articles, most often on Latin American religious history, traditions, and challenges. His recent book, Migrating Faith: Pentecostalism in the United States and Mexico in the Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), begins in Los Angeles in 1906 with the eruption of the Azusa Street Revival and follows the trajectory of the Pentecostal phenomenon in the United States and Mexico throughout the century.

Ramírez is working on several projects, including Pentecostalisms of Oaxacalifornia, which examines the growth of Pentecostalism in the heavily indigenous transnational expanse of the Oaxacan homeland and labor diaspora and explores the challenges the new religious pluralism poses to ancient religious, cultural, and political folkways; and another book, Alabaré a Mi Señor: Latino and Latin American Sacred Musics, which takes up the ethnomusicological method and questions embedded in Migrating Faith, and applies these to a comparative study of Catholic, historic Protestant, and Pentecostal religious musics.

Migrating Faith: Pentecostalism in the United States and Mexico in the Twentieth Century. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

“Pentecostalism in Latin America.” In The Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism, edited by Cecil M. Robeck and Amos Yong, 112–31. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

“‘No Me Olvides’/’Forget Me Not’: Pentecostal Praxis and Solidarity in Xenophobic Times.” PentecoStudies 12, no. 1 (2013): 8–35.

“Religion in Mexico, 1945 to the Present.” In Religions in America, 1945 to the Present. The Cambridge History of Religion in America Vol. 3, edited by Stephen Stein, 57–81. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

“Usos y costumbres (¿y mañas?): Cambio religioso y cultural en Oaxaca.” Religión y Culturas Contemporáneas, edited by Antonio Higuera. Aguascalientes, MX: Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes, 2011.

“Alabaré a mi Señor: Culture and Ideology in Latino Protestant Hymnody.” In Pilgrim Churches in Search of Identity: Portraits of Latino Protestantism in the United States, edited by Lindy Scott and Juan Martínez, 151–72. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2008.

Theories of Religion
Latino/Latin American Religious History
American Evangelicalism Fundamentalism & Pentecostalism
Religion, Migration, & Transnationalism: History of the Hispanic Heterodox
Religion in America