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    Rudy Busto

    Rudy V. Busto

    University of California at Santa Barbara

    Associate Professor of Religious Studies American Religion, Race and Religion
    Santa Barbara, CA
    rude@religion.ucsb.edu
    Curriculum Vitae: Busto, Rudy CV

    Education

    Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley.
    M.T.S., Harvard University The Divinity School.
    B.A., Stanford University.

    Biography Statement

    My work begins with Michael Omi and Howard Winant's position that concepts of race "structure state and civil society" and "shape both identities and institutions in significant ways" (Racial Formation in the United States, vii). Approaching religion in North America through the lens of race and ethnicity allows us to uncover hidden and subjugated histories and actors in American religion. This close attention to racial and ethnic interactions in North America also lets us examine how the study of religion has itself been structured and shaped by assumptions about race/ethnicity and helps explain the theoretical absence of race as a variable for critical analysis of religion. To study religion in this way requires interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity (working across disciplines) and when necessary, counterdisciplinarity (working against established disciplinary regimes). More specifically, my teaching, research and writing focus on Chican@/Latin@ religion; Asian and Pacific American religious traditions; issues around indigeneity; the transformation of world religious traditions in the United States; religion in the American west and Pacific Rim; evangelical Christianity; and religion in science fiction as a genre for "making strange" issues of alterity and posing questions about the relationship between religion and science.