Development, Social Movements, Latin America, Christianity, The State
I was born and raised in Southern California, and graduated from Vanguard University with a major in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Religion. While volunteering with non-profits focusing on economic and community development in predominately Central American and South American immigrant neighborhoods, my research interests began to focus on economic development and Spanish-speaking populations. After graduating from college, I spent five months in El Salvador as a research assistant with a network of Evangelical and Pentecostal churches and NGOs pursuing local development in association with Salvadoran political entities. This experience cemented my interests in the theological and practical relations of Christian social movements to the state and development.