- Ph.D., M.A. University of Southern California
- B.A. Pepperdine University
The focus of my research and teaching is race, religion, and social change. I am most invested in uncovering the dynamics of contemporary issues like inequality, religious innovation, and political power. My courses resource students to think for themselves, are often seminar style, and are best characterized by a cooperative process of critical thinking and analytical dialogue.
At Davidson College, I was honored in 2009 for my teaching and scholarship with the L. Richardson King Professorship and then later in 2021 with the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professorship. I remain active in scholarship through a broad range of research projects which have been generously funded, especially by the Religion Division of Lilly Endowment Inc.
My leadership experience in professional organizations includes: President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (2022-2025), President of the Association for the Sociology of Religion (2021-2024), Interim Executive Director of the Louisville Institute (2022-2023), Editor-in-Chief of Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review (2012-2021), Chair of the Religion Section of the American Sociological Association (2019-2021), and Co-Chair the Religion and Social Science Program Unit of the American Academy of Religion (2009-2016). I have served on several organizational boards and councils, including three terms on the Advisory Board of the Louisville Institute (2014-2022), an agency providing millions of dollars in research grants to those who lead and study American religious institutions, and a current term on the Board of Directors for PRRI (Public Religion Research Institute) (2021-present), a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. conducting independent and rigorous research at the intersection of religion, culture, and public policy. These responsibilities build on my formative experience as a Congregational Studies Team Fellow (2005-2007) and Core Team Member (2011-2015).
In addition to speaking engagements, consultations, and grant-funded research, I have published many books, articles, and reviews at the highest levels of academic scholarship. 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) - WINNER Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion 2015
- Latino Protestants in America: Diverse and Growing, co-authored with Mark T. Mulder and Aida I. Ramos (Rowman & Littlefield)
- American Blindspot: Race, Class, Religion, and the Trump Presidency (Rowman & Littlefield)
- The Glass Church: Robert H. Schuller and the Crystal Cathedral, co-authored with Mark T. Mulder (Rutgers University Press)
- Robert H. Schuller and Church Growth Christianity: Library of Religious Biography, co-authored with Mark T. Mulder (Wm. B. Eerdmans, forthcoming)
In The News
- Religion News Service, Study: Most white evangelicals don’t want to live in a religiously diverse country
- Ms. Magazine, Understanding Christian Nationalism: Is the Constitution in Trouble?
- The New York Times, 'The Capitol Insurrection Was as Christian Nationalist as It Gets.’
I am also a frequent guest on radio and podcast segments. Below are a sample of recent conversations:
- Christianity Today’s Quick to Listen: Rick Warren Mastered the Formula for Suburban Church Growth
- Duke Divinity School’s Conversations on Contemporary Worship: Culture and Diversity in Worshipping Communities (w/ Dr. Gerardo MartÍ)
- Tripp Fuller’s Homebrewed Christianity Podcast: Gerardo Marti: Secularization & Social Change and Gerardo Marti: A Sociologist on American Religion
- Association for the Sociology of Religion’s Sociology of Religion Journal Podcast: An Interview with Author and Consulting Editor Gerardo Marti (Volume 83, Issue 1 “Latinx Protestants and American Politics”)
- Albert Mohler’s Thinking in Public: The Strange Tale of Robert Schuller and the Crystal Cathedral: A Conversation with Sociologists Mark T. Mulder and Gerardo Marti
- Bradley Onishi’s Straight White American Jesus: Every End is a Beginning - The Orange Wave Episode 1
- Ed Stetzer’s ChurchLeaders Podcast: Gerardo Martí: What the Fate of the Crystal Cathedral Teaches Us About Church Growth