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Matthew Casey

Associate Director of Online Programs & Clinical Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Clinical Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography: 

Matthew Casey is a Clinical Assistant Professor of History in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies. He coordinates the top-ranked online History MA program and teaches graduate seminars on historical methods, Latin America, and religious history. As Associate Director of Online Programs, he supports the continued excellence of SHPRS' faculty-led, student-centered online degree programs. 

Matthew's research focuses on religion as a force for social change in modern Latin America. His current project, Peru's Religion Question: Spiritual Activists in the Long Cold War, uses internal church documents, testimonies, and missionary correspondences to follow Catholic and Protestant activists as they mobilized across the polarized political spectrum throughout the twentieth century. The results show that poor and Indigenous citizens turned religious organizations into vehicles of social change in the face of exclusion from institutional politics. 

Matthew's public-facing work on religion in Latin America has been featured by NPR's Latino USA, The Washington Post, Salon, and Indian Country Today. 

Dr. Casey is an affiliated faculty member with the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict. He serves on the steering committee for the Religions in the Latina/o Americas unit of the American Academy of Religion. In addition to archival research, he has conducted ethnographic fieldwork on public religious performance in the United States and Peru in collaboration with funding agencies that include the Henry Luce Foundation and the University of California Humanities Research Institute

 

Education: 
  • PhD - Latin American History - University of California, Davis
  • MA - Religious Studies - University of California, Riverside
  • BA - Religious Studies - College of Charleston 
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Research Interests: 

Religious Activism, Modern Latin America, Peru, Politics and Religion

Research Group: 

Transnational Latin American Studies, Institute for Humanities Research, ASU

Publications: 

"Fringe religious party gains power in crisis-stricken Peru." The Conversation, February 18, 2020. Picked up by Salon, and the Washington Post. https://www.salon.com/2020/02/23/fringe-religious-party-gains-power-in-crisis-stricken-peru_partner/

“Christus versus Pachamama.” Welt-sichten: Magazin für globale Entwicklung und ökumenische Zusammenarbeit, February 2020. https://www.welt-sichten.org/artikel/37258/christus-versus-pachamama

“Old religious tensions resurge in Bolivia after ouster of longtime indigenous leader,” The Conversation, Novermber 19, 2019. Picked up by Latino USA (NPR), and Indian Country Today. https://www.latinousa.org/2019/11/20/oldreligioustensions/

“The Multiple Meanings of el Señor de los Milagros,” Global Religious Festivals, 2015http://religiousfestivals.ucr.edu/portfolios/senor-de-los-milagros/

Research Activity: 

Researcher, Noche de Altares: Discovering the Day of the Dead in Mexican California. 2015Documentary Film by James Ault and Jennifer Scheper Hughes. https://vimeo.com/141662642

Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 591Seminar
HST 640Historical Methods
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 598Special Topics
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 597Capstone
HST 640Historical Methods
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 591Seminar
HST 643Global History
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 640Historical Methods
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 591Seminar
HST 597Capstone
HST 643Global History
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 642European History
HST 643Global History
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