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Gustavo Morello, S.J.

Sociology Department

Gustavo Morello

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2011

McGuinn Hall 422
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3346

Curriculum Vitae*

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Scholarly Interests

Religion, Global and Transnational sociology (Latin America), Political Sociology.

Academic Profile

I took grades in Philosophy, Universidad del Salvador 1991; Theology, Universidad del Salvador 2007; Master in Social Science, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba 2001; Ph.D. in Social Sciences, Universidad de Buenos Aires 2011.

I work on the relations between Catholics and politics in Argentina and Latin America’s recent history. How did Catholics deal with Latin America’s injustice? Why did some of them join revolutionary armies? Why did others help dictatorships to crush their fellow Catholics? To some extent, part of the answer to these questions rely on the idea of the secular, that is in the relation between religion and the public sphere. What does it mean secularization in Latin America? Is secularization the same all over the world?

Selected publications

2012. ‘Comunidad política, sociedad civil y actores religiosos. Un caso de articulación en torno a la defensa de los derechos humanos en la Argentina de los años ‘70’, Latin American Research Review, Vol., 47; n.3, Pittsburgh, (EE.UU).

2012. ‘Catholicism(s), State Terrorism and Secularization in Argentina’, Bulletin of Latin American Research Review, Vol. 31, n.3, pp. 366-380. Liverpool (UK).

2011. ‘El terrorismo de Estado y la redefinición de lo secular en Argentina’, Jahrbuch für Geschichte Lateinamerikas/Anuario de Historia de América Latina, Graz, Austria, vol. 48, ISBN 978-3-412-20678-9.

2010. ‘Charles Taylor’s modernity in a Latin American Catholicism’ en Politics and the Religious Imagination, Editores: John Dyck, Paul Rowe, and Jens Zimmermann, Routledge, Routledge Studies in Religion and Politics, London and New York, p. 143-159. ISBN 978-0-415-77998-2. Read the Abstract.

2007. ‘Charles Taylor’s “Imaginary” and “Best Account” in Latin America’ in Philosophy and Social Criticism, Sage Publications. (Los Angeles - London) 33: 617-639, ISSN 0191-4537.

Professional honors and Awards

Visiting Scholar - Department of Political Science, University of Michigan, 2009 - 2010.

Grant from Irmgard Coninx Foundation for the Tenth Berlin Roundtables on Urban Governance. “Urban Governance: Innovation, Insecurity and the Power of Religion”, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), Humboldt University, Berlin, March 2009.

Grant for the Symposium “Politics and the Religious Imagination”. Faith Forward Series: Exploring Religion, Culture and Conflict Symposium. Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia, Canada, March 2008.


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