- religion and politics
- collective action and cooperation
- agent-based modeling
- Latin American politics
Chris's dissertation assesses the conditions under which religious institutions can be expected to positively impact political activism. He theorizes that where religious institutions are marked by non-centralized local lay management, individuals develop patterns of reciprocal exchange that contribute to the development of political activism. The mechanisms of the theory are developed through an agent-based model. Qualitative and quantitative empirical analyses in Mexico support his primary hypothesis.
Chris received his PhD in Comparative Politics in August of 2013. He has been the recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Arizona State University's Graduate and Professional Student Association. He has spent a total of 9 months performing qualitative field research in Mexico.
Chris is also the co-winner of the 2013 Sage Award for Best Paper Developing or Applying Qualitative Methods and was awarded an Emerging Diversity Scholar Citation from the University of Michigan's National Center for Institutional Diversity. Furthermore, he was the recipient of an Arizona State University dissertation fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic school year as well as the School of Politics and Global Studies' Teaching Assistant of the Year award in 2012.