Contributors to the project are scholars who are not formal members of the NCF Project but
frequently consult with our team members and work on some of our emerging projects.
This page is designed to highlight these scholars and provide some information about their research interests.

Alyshea Cummins

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Alyshea Cummins is a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Transmission of Religion Across Generations project (University of Ottawa) examining how (non)religion and fundamental values are or are not passed on from one generation to another in Canadian families. Cummins is also an instructor of Religion in the College of Humanities at Carleton University and currently teaches Religion and Society (RELI 2736/ANTH2550) and Global Religions: Identity and Community (RELI1741). Cummins’ teaching and research interests include contemporary Islam, religion and migration, religion and identity, religion and society, religion and politics, religious literacy, and religion and social change.

Anna Sofia Salonen

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Anna Sofia Salonen is a theologian and sociologist of religion with highly interdisciplinary research profile. She holds a PhD in Theology (2016) and the title of Docent in Church and Social Studies (2021) at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Her research focuses on intersecting issues concerning religion, food, social inequality, consumer culture, and environmental ethics. In her doctoral dissertation and related publications, she has studied charitable food assistance at the interface between religious organizations and people living in poor economic and social positions. After finalizing her PhD, she studied therapeutic culture and its products and audiences, before conducting a three-year postdoctoral research project on ethics of food consumption in affluent societies (Tampere University 2018-2021). Alongside this postdoc project, Salonen has explored points of convergence between food, ethics, and (non)religion. She leads an emerging research team that studies female university students’ visions of better future. Alongside doing research, she has actively taken part in societal outreach, especially in improving early-career researchers’ working conditions.

Camila Nicácio

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Camila Silva Nicácio (Ph.D. Université Paris I – Pantheón Sorbonne – Degree in Anthropology of Law) is an Adjunct Professor of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) Law School, Brazil. She is also a Member of the research group ‘Religion in the Contemporary World’ at the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP).

Her research in the last few years has been focused on the question of access to justice, with investigations on the impacts observed by the growing use of non-adversarial means of conflict management, notably mediation. It has taken into consideration a context of normative production marked by a pluralism of sources of law, actors of law, and arenas of law production. Her current research interests are focused primarily on four major areas : the interface between law/religion, legal pluralism, human rights, and religious intolerance. She is the author of Des normes et des liens. Médiation et complexité juridique (Saarbrücken, Presses académiques francophones, 2013).

Dirceu André Gerardi

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Dirceu André Gerardi, PhD in Social Sciences (PUCRS), is part of the Brazilian team for the Nonreligion in a Complex Future Project. In 2013 he was a Visiting Student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Student in the Department of Sociology of the University of São Paulo (USP) and is also a Member of the Project “Religion, Law and Secularism: the reconfiguration of the civic repertoire in contemporary Brazil” (CEBRAP). In this research, he investigates the emergence of “ideological indoctrination” and “gender ideology” in the school environment as a public problem, that was created by evangelical and Catholic parliamentarians from 2014 and disseminated in the Special Commission without a Party of the Chamber of Deputies. He is interested in sociology and political science of religion, secularism and legislative politics, and has developed research on the political, partisan and electoral activism of the Latin American Christian right and conservadorism.

Hugo H. Rabbia

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Hugo H. Rabbia is a researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Psicológicas (IIPsi, CONICET, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba) in Córdoba, Argentina. From 2015 to 2018, he was part of the international Templeton-funded project entitled: “The transformation of lived religion in urban Latin America.” He has authored several papers and books. The most recent one is: “La religión como experiencia cotidiana: creencias, prácticas y narrativas espirituales en Sudamérica” (2019, Córdoba – Lima – Montevideo: EDUCC, PUCP, UCU). His research in the last few years has been focused on lived religion and (non)religion, religion and sexual politics, and religious/non-religious and socio-political attitudes. Currently, he is working on the activism toward laicism and the separation between Church and State in Argentina. He is also Professor of Political Psychology at the Cordoba’s Catholic University (UCC).

Jacqueline Moraes Teixeira

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Jacqueline Moraes Teixeira (Ph.D. University of São Paulo) is a collaborating professor in the Department of Philosophy of Education and Sciences (EDF) at the Faculty of Education of the University of São Paulo (USP), an accredited professor in the Graduate Program in Education ( PPGE) at USP and holds a post-doctorate at the Department of Social Anthropology at USP. sHe is also a member of the research group Religion in the Contemporary World at the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP). Her research in recent years has focused on issues related to the crossings between religion, gender relations, sexuality and racial conflicts thinking about how religious projects focused on gender themes developed by Pentecostal churches are related to contemporary controversies in the national political scene. Her current research interests are mainly focused on four main areas: the interface between religion / gender and sexuality, human rights and education racial conflicts and policies of historical reparation. She is the author of The Universal Woman: Body, Gender and Prosperity Pedagogy.

Margit Warburg

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Margit Warburg is a Professor in Sociology of Religion, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen. Her research interests are the relationship between religion, migration and globalisation, religion and demography; religion and state; religious minorities, civil religion; religion among Danes in and outside Denmark.

Paula Bortolin

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Paula Bortolin is a PhD candidate in Social Sciences at the University of Campinas. Paula has a B.A. and a M.A. in Social Sciences from the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP). She is also a researcher at the Brazilian Center of Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP), working on the project Religion, Law, and Secularism: a new civic repertoire in formation in contemporary Brazil. She has experience in Sociology and Anthropology of Religion, with emphasis on studies on public controversies, working mainly on the following themes: religiosity, evangelical leaderships and politics, homosexuality, and disputes over public morality in Brazilian congress.