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Arlene M. Sánchez-Walsh, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Phone: (626) 277-5022
Alternate: (626) 815-5441
Arlene M. Sánchez-Walsh, Ph.D., is associate professor of religious studies and the author of the award-winning book Latino Pentecostal Identity: Evangelical Faith, Self, and Society (Columbia University Press, 2003). She has authored more than a dozen articles and book chapters on the subject of Latino/a Pentecostalism, and has served as a media expert for outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and “On Being” with Krista Tippett, and served as an expert on Latino/a religious history for the PBS series “God in America.” Sánchez-Walsh’s current writing projects include a textbook on Pentecostalism in America, and a monograph on Latinos/as and the prosperity gospel. Her current research is on the rise of nonbelief among Latinos/as.


  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A., Claremont Graduate University
  • B.A., California State University, Los Angeles


School of Theology

  • Department of Biblical and Religious Studies


  • Latino Church Studies
  • Pentecostalism