William Girard is a cultural anthropologist who is interested in the ongoing ways that religion shapes critical aspects of social life such as politics, economics, race/ethnicity, and nationalism. His ethnographic research has largely taken place with Pentecostal Christians in a small Honduran town where he lived off and on over the course of a decade. He has published articles on this community’s support for the 2009 Honduran coup as well as their efforts towards economic development. He is currently in the beginning stages of a new research project that will consider evangelical Christians’ varied perspectives on climate change in the United States. Girard teaches courses on secularism, race and religion, and the anthropology of Latin America.
Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology