Richard Wood

    Professor, Sociology
    Director, Southwest Institute on Religion, Culture, and Society

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Dr. Richard L Wood teaches sociology and is the founding Director of the UNM Southwest Institute on Religion, Culture and Society. In addition, he has served as Senior Vice Provost at the University of New Mexico and co-editor of Cambridge University Press' book series Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion, and Politics. His book, A Shared Future: Faith-Based Organizing for Racial Equity and Ethical Democracy (University of Chicago, 2015), analyzes contemporary organizing for racial equity in the United States, particularly within organizations that include white, African-American, Latino, and other diverse participants building shared commitment to racial equality. His research explores religion, social movements, and global/transnational sociology, with a geographic emphasis in areas of Central America, namely Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.


  • PhD in Sociology, University of California at Berkeley (1995)
  • MA in Theology, Graduate Theological Union (1989)
  • BA in Chemistry, University of California at Davis (1982)

Research Areas

  • Comparative Sociology
  • Community Organizing
  • Comparative Civil Societies
  • Culture in Social Movements
  • Democratic Theory
  • Global/Transnational Sociology
  • Religion

Country Specialization(s)

  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras

Latin American Studies Courses

*Latin America-related courses offered during the past three years*

  • LTAM 510 Pro-Seminar in Latin American Studies