Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project
Luis E. Lugo is the director of the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project. His areas of expertise include religion and politics, religion and Hispanics in the U.S., and global pentecostalism. Lugo oversees all aspects of the project’s research and has been instrumental in expanding its international research as part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, whose goal is to analyze religious change around the world. Before joining the Pew Research Center in 2004, Lugo was the director of the religion program at The Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia for seven years. Prior to joining the Trusts, he was a professor of political science for more than 12 years, teaching courses in international relations, Latin American politics, and religion and politics. He earned his doctorate in political science at the University of Chicago. He has led the Religion & Public Life Project in developing landmark surveys on religion, including the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, the U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey, the first-ever nationwide, random-sample survey of Muslim Americans, a 10-country survey of Pentecostals and a survey of the religious landscape of sub-Saharan Africa. A native of Cuba and fluent Spanish-speaker, he is listed in Who’s Who Among Hispanic Americans.