Matthew Casey is Clinical Assistant Professor of History and Associate Director of Online Programs in history, philosophy, and religion at Arizona State University. He coordinates ASU's online History MA program and teaches graduate seminars on Latin America, historical methods, and religious history.
Matthew's research focuses on religion as a force for social change in the modern world. His current project, The Religion Question: Christian Activists in Peru’s Long Cold War, uses internal church documents, testimonies, and missionary correspondences to follow Catholic and Protestant activists as they mobilized across the political spectrum throughout the twentieth century. The results show that poor and Indigenous citizens turned religious organizations into vehicles of social change in the face of exclusion from institutional politics.
Dr. Casey serves on the steering committee for the Religions in the Latina/o Americas unit of the American Academy of Religion. In addition to archival research, he has conducted ethnographic fieldwork on public religious performance in the United States and Peru in collaboration with funding agencies that include the Henry Luce Foundation and the University of California Humanities Research Institute.