Marie Marquardt

Marie Friedmann Marquardt



PhD, Emory University, 2004
MA, University of Florida, 1997
BA, Princeton University, 1994


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.

Marquardt’s religious affiliation is Catholic and she serves on the board of Emory’s Aquinas Center of Theology.


Does My Body Offend You?. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2022.

Flight Season. St. Martin’s Press, 2018

The Radius of Us. St. Martin’s Press, 2017

Dream Things True. St. Martin’s Press, 2015

Co-author, Living “Illegal”: The Human Face of Unauthorized Immigration. The New Press, 2011


Co-author, “Challenging Laws: Faith-Based Engagement with Unauthorized Immigration.” Constructing Immigrant “Illegality”: Critiques, Experiences, and Responses, Cambridge University Press, May 01, 2015

Co-author, “Cooperación y conflicto: Parroquias e immigrantes Latinos.” Descatos: Revista de Antropología Social, no. 46, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social México, December 01, 2014

Co-author, “‘To Persevere in our Struggles'”: Religion Among Unauthorized Latino/a Immigrants in the United States.” Hidden Lives and Human Rights in the United States: Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies of Undocumented Immigration, Praeger, January 10, 2014

“Double Threat?: Unauthorized Migration as a Global Phenomenon.” Religious and Ethical Perspectives on Global Migration, Lexington Books, 2014

Co-author, “From the Body: An Exchange on Scholarship and Advocacy.” Religion, vol. 44, issue 2, Taylor & Francis, April 01, 2014

Co-author, “Theorizing Globalization and Religion.” The Transnational Studies Reader: Intersections and Innovations, Routledge, 2008

Co-author, “New Latino Destinations.” Latinas/os in the United States: Changing the Face of America, Springer Press International, 2008

Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship, 2002-2003

Association for the Sociology of Religion, Joseph Fichter Award for research on Gender and Religion

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Research Award

Emory University Internationalization Fund Research Award

Social Science Research Council Religion and Immigration Dissertation Fellowship, 2000- 2001

Association for the Sociology of Religion, Ralph A. Gallagher Travel Grant

Advanced Research Grant in Global Christianity, Pew Charitable Trusts, 1996-1997

Ruth McQuown Fellowship for Most Outstanding Entering Female Graduate Student in the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Florida, 1995-1996

Award for Best Senior Thesis submitted to the Department of Anthropology, Princeton University

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