Arlene M. Sánchez-Walsh, PhD

Professor of Religious Studies

Phone: (626) 277-5022
Alternate: (626) 815-5441
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Arlene M. Sánchez-Walsh, PhD, is a 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.


  • PhD, Claremont Graduate University
  • MA, Claremont Graduate University
  • BA, California State University, Los Angeles

Academic Area

  • School of Theology
    • Department of Biblical and Religious Studies


  • Latino Church Studies
  • Pentecostalism

Courses Taught

  • PRRS 200 - World Religions
  • RELG 200 - World Religions
  • RELG 352 - Introduction to Hinduism, South Asian Tradition
  • THEO 352 - Church History: Apostolic Era to the Eve of the Reformation
  • WRIT 210 - Writing 2: Humanities: Joy & the Christian Tradition