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Amy Erica Smith


Professional affiliation

Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Professor and Associate Professor of Political Science, Iowa State University.
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Wilson Center Projects

Religion and Climate Change in Brazil: The Deluge and the Desert

Full Biography

Amy Erica Smith is associate professor of political science and Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Professor at Iowa State University. Her research examines citizenship, democracy, and religion, with a primary regional focus on Latin America, and especially Brazil. She is author of two books, including Religion and Brazilian Democracy: Mobilizing the People of God (2019, Cambridge University Press), as well as numerous articles in academic outlets and public media. Dr. Smith has received fellowships and grants from the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, Fulbright, and the University of Notre Dame Kellogg Institute for International Studies, as well as the Luce, Mellon, and Templeton Foundations. In the 2019–2020 academic year, she will be a Luce/ACLS Fellow in Journalism, Religion, and International Affairs, in addition to a Wilson Center Fellow.

Major Publications

Smith, Amy Erica. 2019. Religion and Brazilian Democracy: Mobilizing the People of God. New York: Cambridge University Press.


Smith, Amy Erica. 2018. “Talking It Out: Political Conversation and Knowledge Gaps in Unequal Urban Contexts.” British Journal of Political Science 48(2): 407-425.


Smith, Amy Erica. 2017. ‘Democratic Talk in Church: Religion and Political Socialization in the Context of Urban Inequality.” World Development 99: 441-451.