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David Lehmann


David Lehmann is Emeritus Reader in Social Science in the Department of Sociology. He was Director of the Centre of Latin American Studies (1990-2000, 2010-11). He continues to supervise and examine for CLAS on an occasional basis. Since the late 1980's he has worked on religious movements, Catholic and Evangelical, particularly in Brazil. He is the author of Democracy and Development in Latin America: Economics, Politics and Religion in the Post-war Period (Polity Press, 1990) and Struggle for the Spirit: Religious Transformation and Popular Culture in Brazil and Latin America (Polity Press, 1996), and, with Batia Siebzehner, Remaking Israeli Judaism (Hurst, 2006), and of numerous articles on these and related subjects. He continues to be engaged in a major study of the spread of ideas about multiculturalism and interculturalidad in Latin America, especially in Mexico and Brazil, focusing on the relationship between the politics of recognition, affirmative action and social justice, funded by a Large Grant from the British Academy. Dr Lehmann held an ESRC grant to run the Religion and Secularism Network in 2007-2009. He currently also holds an Emeritus Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust for research entitled ‘Redrawing religious boundaries and identities: Messianic Jews and Christians’, which is being undertaken in Brazil, Israel, London and the USA.

Recent Research Grants

2006: from the British Academy, for research on Multiculturalism in Latin America: a Study in the Diffusion of Ideas

2012: from the British Academy, for research on Judaism in the Pentecostal Imaginary

2014: from the Leverhulme Trust, for research entitled Redrawing religious boundaries and identities: Messianic Jews and Christians.

Recent and forthcoming publications

(edited, with Humeira Iqtidar), Fundamentalist and Charismatic Movements, Four volumes. London, Routledge, 2011

‘The Latin American Religious Field’, in Claude Auroi and Aline Helg (eds.): Latin America, 1810-2010: Dreams and Legacies, London, Imperial College Press, 2011

‘Esperança e religião’, Estudos Avançados (São Paulo), 26, (75) 219-236, 2012. (revised version forthcoming in English in Andrew McKinnon and Marta Trzebiatowska (eds.) see below )

(with Batia Siebzehner): ‘Recruitment and conversion in the Israeli ultra-Orthodox community: Shas’s t’shuva project’, in Kimmy Caplan and Nurit Stadler (eds.): From Survival to Consolidation: Changes in Israeli Haredi Society and Its Scholarly Study, H'akibutz Hame’uhad and the Van Leer Institute, Tel-Aviv. (Hebrew), 2012.

‘Israel: State management of religion or religious management of the state?’ in Special Issue of Citizenship Studies, 16, 8, 2012 pp. 1029-1043

(with Humeira Iqtidar) ‘Introduction’ to Special Issue of Citizenship Studies, ‘Secularism beyond the North Atlantic World’ 16,8, 2012, pp. 953-959.

‘Identity, social justice and corporatism: the resilience of republican citizenship’ in Mario Sznajder and Luis Roniger (eds.): Shifting frontiers of citizenship in Latin America, Brill, 2012

Les dilemmes des universities interculturelles au Mexique, IdeAs – Idées d’Amériques (2) 2012 available online at

‘Shifting frontiers of secularism: conversion-led religious movements and the management of state-religion relations in Europe, the US and Brazil’. Special Issue on ‘Multiple secularities’, International Sociology, 28 (6), 2013 pp. 645-662

‘Intercultural Universities in Mexico: Identity and Inclusion’, Journal of Latin American Studies, 45, 779-811, November 2013

‘Popular religion in Latin America: the impact of Pentecostalism and neo-Pentecostalism, in The Cambridge History of Latin American Religion (eds. Virginia Garrard-Burnett and Paul Freston).

‘Hope and Religion’ in Andrew McKinnon and Marta Trzebiatowska (eds.) Sociological Theory and the Question of Religion, Ashgate, 2014


  • Position: Emeritus Reader
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  • Address: Department of Sociology, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RQ
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  • Research Interests: The diffusion of multiculturalism in Latin America (in particular Mexico, Peru and Brazil); Secularism and the need to reappraise its conceptual and institutional underpinnings; the remaking and relocation of religion in the contemporary world