Jonathan Calvillo

Assistant Professor of Latinx Communities
Jonathan Calvillo
    • PhD, University of California, Irvine, 2016
    • MA, University of California, Irvine, 2012
    • MDiv, Talbot School of Theology, 2004

    Prior to joining the Candler faculty in fall 2022, Dr. Jonathan 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. 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. 

    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.

    Selected Publications

      Chapters and Articles

      “Global Pentecostal Movement” in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements edited by David Snow, Donatella della Porta, Bert Klandermans, and Doug McAdam, 2022. 

      “Diverging Latinidades in Latinx Churches,” 49(4): 419-432, Perspectives in Religious Studies, 2022

      “Sustaining the Altar Flow: Lived Religion and Latinx Pentecostal Altars,” Perspectives in Religious Studies, 2022