Dr. Joseph Florez
Oral History Interviewer
Dr. Joseph Florez is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at California State University, Bakersfield. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on the intersection of religious experience and everyday life among Latinx and Latin American communities, particularly in the manifold ways religious thought and practice are inflected by issues of violence, oppression, and marginalization. Joseph recently published the book Pentecostalism, Lived Religion, and Social Activism in Authoritarian Chile: Giving Life to the Faith (Brill, 2021) and has authored articles on memory studies and Pentecostal worldviews as well as evangelical social thought. He is currently working on a study of the impact of imposed measurements of identity on the religious practices of indigenous groups in Southern California.