José Casanova

Professor, Department of Sociology
Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs

José Casanova is one of the world's top scholars in the sociology of religion. He is a professor at the Department of Sociology at Georgetown University, and heads the Berkley Center's Program on Globalization, Religion and the Secular. He has published works in a broad range of subjects, including religion and globalization, migration and religious pluralism, transnational religions, and sociological theory. His best-known work, Public Religions in the Modern World (1994), has become a modern classic in the field and has been translated into five languages, including Arabic and Indonesian. In 2012, Casanova was awarded the Theology Prize from the Salzburger Hochschulwochen in recognition of life-long achievement in the field of theology.

Casanova’s most recent research has focused primarily on two areas: globalization and religion, and the dynamics of transnational religion, migration, and increasing ethno-religious and cultural diversity. His research on religion and globalization has adopted an ambitious comparative perspective that includes Catholicism, Pentecostalism and Islam. His work on transnational migration and religion explores the incorporation of minorities and the construction of transnational networks, identities and structures. In addition, he has headed several major research projects focused on these topics, including “Religion and Immigrant Incorporation in New York” and “The Religious Lives of Migrant Minorities: London, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur”.