Work in Progress: Religion and the Environment
My current project examines how religion shapes interpretations of and responses to climate change and environmental degradation in the global south. Most of the research is focused on Brazil, but coauthors and I have also studied Kenya, and future work may expand beyond those two countries. This project will have several outputs, including a book tentatively entitled The Burning Bush: Religion and Climate Change in Brazil, and co-authored articles with Robin Globus Veldman, Lauren Honig, and Jaimie Bleck. This research and writing has been funded by the Carnegie Corporation; the Global Religion Research Initiative; Fulbright; the Luce/ACLS Fellowship in Religion, Journalism, and International Affairs; the Wilson Center; and internal support from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University.
Here are the first two papers coming out of the project:
- Honig, Lauren, Amy Erica Smith, and Jaimie Bleck. Forthcoming. “What Stymies Action on Climate Change? Religious Institutions, Marginalization, and Efficacy in Kenya.” Perspectives on Politics. *Replication Code
- Smith, Amy Erica, and Robin Globus Veldman. 2020. “Evangelical Environmentalists? Evidence from Brazil.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 59(2): 341–59.
My Recent Book
Smith, Amy Erica. 2019. Religion and Brazilian Democracy: Mobilizing the People of God. Cambridge University Press.
Other Articles and Chapters
- Rosenberg, Emma, and Amy Erica Smith. Forthcoming. “What Drives Religious Politicking? An Analysis of 24 Democratic Elections.” Politics & Religion. *Supplemental Information
- Djupe, Paul, and Amy Erica Smith. 2019. “Experimentation in the Study of Religion and Politics.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion and Politics.
- Boas, Taylor, and Amy Erica Smith. 2019. “Looks Like Me, Thinks Like Me? Descriptive Representation and Opinion Congruence in Brazil.” Latin American Research Review. *Appendix
- Al Subhi, Ahlam Khalfan, and Amy Erica Smith. 2019. “Electing Women to New Arab Assemblies: The Roles of Gender Ideology, Islam, and Tribalism in Oman.” International Political Science Review.
- Smith, Amy Erica. 2018. “Religion, Politics, and the Secular State.” Routledge Handbook of Brazilian Politics.
- Smith, Amy Erica. 2017. “Democratic Talk in Church: Religion and Political Socialization in the Context of Urban Inequality.” World Development.
- Smith, Amy Erica. 2016. “When Clergy are Threatened: Catholic and Protestant Leaders and Political Activism in Brazil.” Politics and Religion. *Replication materials
- Boas, Taylor, and Amy Erica Smith. 2015. “Religion and the Latin American Voter.” In The Latin American Voter, eds. Ryan Carlin, Matthew Singer, and Liz Zechmeister. University of Michigan Press. *Supplemental materials and replication files for the book
- Smith, Amy Erica. 2014. “Pastors and Politics: Brazilian Public Opinion Regarding Clergy Endorsements of Candidates.” AmericasBarometer Insights 113. *Replication code.