Dr. Jonathan Calvillo joined the Candler faculty in fall 2022. His work examines how distinct Latinx populations build communities of belonging through faith and creativity, often in the face of systemic exclusion. His current projects focus on how churches shape Latinx civic engagement, how lived religion influences Latinx ethnoracial identities, and how young Latinx creatives have responded to urban inequalities through artistic resistance. Prior to joining the Candler faculty, Calvillo was an assistant professor of sociology of religion at Boston University School of Theology and was also affiliated with Boston University’s department of sociology.
The author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, Calvillo published his first monograph, The Saints of Santa Ana: Faith and Ethnicity in a Mexican Majority City (Oxford University Press), in 2020. He has presented at various conferences and been awarded multiple grants and fellowships, including a Latino Protestant Congregations Project Research Fellowship, a Notre Dame Global Religion Research Institute Curriculum Grant, and a Louisville Institute First Book for Minorities grant.
Calvillo is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Association for the Sociology of Religion, and the American Sociological Association.