Religion and Politics in the Americas

Conveners: Ann Pellegrini and Juan Marco Vaggione

This permanent work group convenes participants from a multi-year initiative on Religion and Politics in the Americas supported by the Luce Foundation. The core focus is to examine the legal, social, and biopolitical mechanisms through which religious diversity is managed in the Americas, and how these mechanisms are reshaping the work of scholars and policy practitioners across the region. The group seeks to develop a vocabulary capable of speaking across boundaries and to elaborate more precise research questions in order to better comprehend the transnational processes driving changes in the place and role of religion in the public sphere.


Ann Pellegrini teaches Performance Studies & Religious Studies at NYU, where she also directs the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality. Recent books include Secularisms (co-editor Janet Jakobsen) & “You Can Tell Just By Looking” and 20 Other Myths About LGBT Life and People (coauthors Michael Bronski & Michael Amico). She enjoys show tunes.

Juan Marco Vaggione holds PhDs in Law and Sociology. He is currently teaches and conducts research at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina. His areas of specialization and publication are the links between religion and sexual politics, as well as the status of sexual and reproductive rights in Latin America.


Ann Pellegrini
Anthony Petro
Benjamin Berger
Juan Marco Vaggione
Lois Lorentzen
Lori Beaman
Marcial Godoy Anativia