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Richard Wood

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Special Advisor to the Provost for Strategic Initiatives

Richard L. Wood holds tenure in the UNM Department of Sociology and is the founding director of the Southwest Institute on Religion, Culture, and Society. His research focuses on the cultural and institutional underpinnings of democracy, especially those rooted in faith communities. In 2003, his book on community organizing in poor urban settings, Faith in Action: Religion, Race, and Democratic Organizing in America (University of Chicago Press 2002), was named outstanding book in the sociology of religion by the American Sociological Association. He is currently writing A Shared Future: Ethical Democracy and Multiculturalism, using a contemporary national social movement to analyze the constructive tension between multiculturalist and universalist democratic traditions; and Faith and the Fire of Public Life, analyzing the impact of civic engagement on faith communities. Wood serves as co-editor of a book series, Cambridge Studies of Social Theory, Religion, and Politics at Cambridge University Press, and has led major nationally funded research projects on religion and democracy in the United States, Central America, and the Middle East. He has served as President of the Faculty Senate at the University of New Mexico; co-chair of the UNM Committee on Governance; Director of the UNM Religious Studies Program; and has held a variety of leadership roles in national professional organizations.