Kellogg Institute Work In Progress Session: Amy Erica Smith


Amy Smith

Amy Erica Smith, Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellow
"Crosses and Culture Wars: Evangelicals, Catholics, and the Construction of Brazilian Democracy"

How do the citizens of new democracies construct their understandings of citizenship and their own political preferences and mobilize to seek representation? Since Brazil’s transition to democracy in 1985, Catholic and evangelical churches have served as ubiquitous sites of political socialization, improving the quality of representative democracy, yet with mixed impacts on liberal and deliberative visions of democracy.


Work-in-Progress sessions allow members of the Kellogg scholarly community to gather valuable, in-depth input on current research through an interdisciplinary discussion of their projects. Begun in 2013 to advance the work of Kellogg visiting fellows, the small, focused sessions are now open as well to faculty fellows, distinguished research affiliates, and dissertation year fellows seeking constructive critique of new scholarship.

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