Gerardo Marti


Ph.D. University of Southern California, Sociology
M.A. University of Southern California, Sociology
B.A. Pepperdine University, Communications and Sociology


The focus of my research and teaching is race-ethnicity, religion, identity, and social change. I am most interested in uncovering the dynamics of contemporary issues like diversity, religious innovation, and generational differences in self-understanding. My courses are often seminar style and are best characterized by a cooperative process of critical thinking and analytical dialogue.

Much of my scholarship and teaching is represented in the books I have written:

  • A Mosaic of Believers: Diversity and Innovation in a Multiethnic Church (Indiana University Press)
  • Hollywood Faith: Holiness, Prosperity, and Ambition in a Los Angeles Church (Rutgers University Press) 
  • Worship across the Racial Divide: Religious Music and the Multiracial Congregation (Oxford University Press)
  • The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity, co-authored with Gladys Ganiel (Oxford University Press)
  • Latino Protestants in America, co-authored with Mark T. Mulder and Aida Isela Ramos (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming)
  • Ten Thousand Panes of Glass: The Crystal Cathedral, Robert H. Schuller, and the Normalization of Innovation in American Religion, co-authored with Mark T. Mulder (Rutgers University Press, forthcoming)