Dr David Lehmann

Reader in Social Science at Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge

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Reader in Social Science, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge

Dr David Lehmann is a Reader in Social Science in the Department of Sociology. He has previously worked within the University in Development Studies, Latin American Studies, in the Faculty of Politics, Psychology, Sociology and International Studies, and in the Department of Sociology in that Faculty. He was Director of the Centre of Latin American Studies from 1990-1999.

His research began with Agrarian Reform in Chile (1968-73) and continued on similar development-related themes in Ecuador (1980-81), but then shifted towards religion, especially in Brazil, focusing first on Catholics and later on Evangelicals. In 1999 he began to do research in Israel, on religion and ethnicity, and recently has extended this theme into that of multiculturalism, He currently holds a British Academy Research Grant for a long-term study of the diffusion of multiculturalism in Latin America, which focuses on Mexico, Peru and Brazil, and he holds a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to lead a Network on the subject of Secularism and the need to reappraise its conceptual and institutional underpinnings.

Prior to joining Cambridge Dr Lehmann taught at the Universities of Brasilia, São Paulo, the State University of Rio de Janeiro, the Institute of Latin American Studies at the Université de Paris IV, the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and at FLACSO-Quito. He has been a Visiting Researcher at the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University, and in 1999-2001 he was Chair of the Society of Latin American Studies.