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Journalist-fellow, USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, Fellow of the Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation, University of Southern California

Ken Chitwood is a religion scholar currently working as the Fritz Thyssen Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures & Societies at Freie Universität Berlin. He is also a journalist-fellow with the University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture’s Spiritual Exemplars Project.

He obtained a doctorate from the University of Florida in 2019 where he worked with the Department of Religion and the Center for Global Islamic Studies. His academic work focuses on Islam in the Americas, Puerto Rican Muslims, Latinx Muslims, hemispheric American religion (including North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean), translocal religion, intersections of religion & culture, Christian-Muslim relations, global Christianity, Muslim minorities, & ethnographic methods and manifestations of religion-beyond-religion in a global and digital age. Additionally, he has published work on Judaism in Latin America and the Caribbean, religion and popular culture, and the theme of global heroism.

He has been reviewing books on Christianity, Islam, religion, anthropology, culture, and history for seven years with Publisher's Weekly, the Houston Chronicle, Reading Religion from the American Academy of Religion, and other scholarly and popular publications. In that time, Ken has read and reviewed over 150 popular books, academic monographs, and edited collections.

Experience

  • –present
    PhD Student, Religion in the Americas, Global Islam, University of Florida

Education

  • 2014 
    Concordia University Irvine, MA Theology & Culture