Daniel Ramírez is Associate Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University. His research interests lie primarily in American religious history and Latin American religious history both within and outside the United States. His recent book, Migrating Faith: Pentecostalism in the United States and Mexico in the Twentieth Century(University of North Carolina Press, 2015), follows the trajectory of the Pentecostal phenomenon in the United States and Mexico over the past century. His next book examines the growth of Pentecostalism in the heavily indigenous transnational expanse of the Oaxacan homeland and labor diaspora and explores the challenges the new religious pluralism poses to ancient religious, cultural, and political folkways.
Pentecostals’ political commitments reflect processes of memory and amnesia, assimilation and identity… the stronger the memory of sojourning, migration and exile, the healthier the entrails of compassion for the soujourner’s wellbeing; the greater the distance from the memory of a wandering past, the greater the buy-in to a nationalistic Malthusian ideology that, among other things, paints the sojourner as law-breaking menace to the host society.