Wilson Center Experts
Robert Brenneman is an assistant professor of sociology at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. His research focuses on the impact of violence and violent social structures on human flourishing. His book Homies and Hermanos: God and Gangs in Central America (Oxford University Press 2011) takes a close-up look at the lives of 63 former gang members, many of whom joined an evangelical congregation as part of their attempt to extricate themselves from gang violence. Currently, Brenneman advises a team of Guatemalan researchers studying the impact of Pentecostal and Catholic Charismatic movements on civic participation and social capital in Guatemala City. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and his B.A. from Eastern Mennonite University.