I am now blogging at homiesandhermanosbook.wordpress.com.

On Sunday, February 3rd, the New York Times ran this piece by Kristen Weld celebrating the decision by a Guatemalan judge to allow former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt to stand trial for his alleged participation in crimes including genocide during the early 1980s.

The story of the truce between the leaders of El Salvador’s major gangs was finally picked up by the New York Times yesterday. A journalist friend asked me what I thought of the truce – which has its supporters and its detractors among the Salvadoran people – and I wrote this brief response.

¡Que viva Guatemala! Hurray for Erick Barrondo, Guatemala’s first-ever Olympic medalist. What a story of courage and perseverance. And then he tops it off with a call to the youth of his country to reject violence and dream of something better.

See the first reviews of my book in Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review and in  Books & Culture

Here is a presentation I gave recently on “God, Gangs, and the Drug War in Central America” at St. Olaf College. It was aimed for a broad audience.

Here’s an interview (13 min) with Virginia Prescott of New Hampshire Public Radio’s daily show “Word of Mouth:” http://news.nhpr.org/post/homies-and-hermanos

Here’s a post with some reflections of mine after participating in a local expression of support for the Occupation movement: (10/9/2011 post on Wall Street Protests)

(Hey, this is starting to look like a blog.)

Welcome to my website. Here you will find information about my research on gangs and evangelical religion in Central America as well as course syllabi, links to more research on gangs, religion, masculinity, and violence and a bit about me and my family. For a fuller discussion of transnational gangs and religion, see my book Homies and Hermanos: God and the Gangs in Central America (Oxford University Press) available on Amazon in October of 2011.

A word of warning: although it looks suspiciously blog-like, this is a website, not a blog, and I intend to update it only occasionally. I can recommend some great blogs, but if you wish to carry on a discussion, please feel free to e-mail me.

Bienvenido a mi website. Aquí encontrará información sobre mis investigaciones en la área de la religión evangélica y las maras de Centroamérica. Además, hay información sobre cursos que doy, vínculos a otras investigaciones sobre maras, religión, violencia y masculinidad y aún un poco sobre mi familia y yo. Si le interesa conocer un poco más sobre mis investigaciones, favor de ver mi libro, Homies and Hermanos: God and the Gangs in Central America que saldrá en Octubre de 2011. Pido sus disculpas per hasta la fecha, no hay una versión en español.

Una nota importante a lectores que buscan un blog – este es un sitio de web, no un blog, por lo que no encontrará información actualizada “hasta la fecha.” Si desea realizar una conversación, favor de mandarme un correo electrónico a través de “Contact” en el menu.