Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

David Smilde

Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations and Senior Associate Fellow at CIPR


  • B.A., Calvin College, Sociology & Philosophy, 1989
  • M.A., University of Chicago, Sociology, 1994
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, Sociology, 1994

Academic Experience

  • Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations, 2016-
  • Professor, Tulane University, 2014-
  • Associate Professor, University of Georgia, 2001-2014

Related Experience

  • Editor-in-Chief, Qualitative Sociology, 2011-2015
  • Senior Fellow, Washington Office on Latin America, 2011-
  • Chair, Section on Venezuelan Studies, Latin American Studies Association, 2010-2012
  • Executive Council, University of Georgia Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, 2008-2012


  • Finalist, Clifford Geertz Book Award, 2009
  • Winner, Distinguished Book Award, Section on the Sociology of Religion, American Sociological Association, 2009
  • Honorable Mention, Distinguished Article Award, Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements, American Sociological Association, 2006


  • Spanish

Overseas Experience

  • Venezuela

Research & Teaching Specializations religion, politics and protest in Venezuela, qualitative methods

Selected Publications

  • 2013. “Strategic Posture Review: Venezuela.” In World Politics Review. September 17.
  • 2012. Religion on the Edge: Decentering and Recentering the Sociology of Religion. With Courtney Bender, Wendy Cadge, Peggy Levitt. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • 2011. Venezuela’s Bolivarian Democracy: Participation, Politics and Culture in Venezuela’s Bolivarian Democracy. Editor with Daniel Hellinger. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • 2007. Reason to Believe: Cultural Agency in Latin American Evangelicalism. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • 2002. Protesta y Cultura en Venezuela: Los Marcos de Acción Colectiva en 1999. With Margarita López Maya and Keta Stephany. Caracas: FACES-UCV/CENDES/FONACIT.

Latin American-Related Courses Taught in Last 2 years Development of Sociological Theory

For more information about David Smilde click here.