Dr. Marie Friedmann Marquardt has taught at Candler since 2012. She co-led “The Church on the Border,” a short-term mission and social justice course in 2014 and again in 2018, which gave students firsthand experience with people and places affected by U.S. immigration policies. Before arriving at Candler, Marquardt earned her PhD in Ethics and Society from Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion, and taught religious studies, sociology and women’s studies at Emory and Agnes Scott College.
Marquardt’s interests include religion among Latin American immigrants, gender and migration, multi-ethnic and multicultural congregations, religious diversity in new immigrant destinations, and the role of religion in shaping civic engagement and public life. She is a co-author of Living “Illegal”: The Human Face of Unauthorized Immigration (The New Press, 2011), and Globalizing the Sacred: Religion Across the Americas (Rutgers Univ. Press, 2003). She has published several articles on the religion, gender and civic participation of Mexican immigrants in the U.S. South.
In addition to her research on immigration, Marquardt is an advocate, working with Hispanic congregations in metro Atlanta, speaking at local and national immigration forums, and serving as a founding coordinator for El Refugio, a ministry of hospitality and visitation serving immigrants detained at a south Georgia detention center.