Dr. George Gonzalez


George González is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology (Religion and Culture) at Baruch College-CUNY. Within religious studies, he specializes in religion and economy, secularism studies, theories and methods in the study of religion, and religion and society (Modern West). He is the author of several peer-reviewed and scholarly articles as well as a single-authored monograph entitled Shape-Shifting Capital—Spiritual Management, Critical Theory, and the Ethnographic Project. This first book is a critical analysis of the ‘spiritual’ turn in organizational theory and workplace practice. Most broadly, Professor González’ research interests lay in the sociocultural legislation of Western metaphysics and the concrete and specific form of power that has attached to neoliberalism, as a historically specific kind of cosmology. He remains especially interested in approaching the study and criticism of what he calls postsecular capitalism through the framework of religious social change. Professor González’ has special interests in the critical work ethnography can do at the intersections of religion, science, and global capitalism and as a complement to critical theory. Professor González’ second major research project focuses on the American ritualization of consumer capitalism. Within the scope of this project, Professor González has been conducting ethnographic fieldwork with the famed radical performance community and choir, Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping, since early 2017 and is conducting historiographical research into American marketing history. He is busy at work on a new manuscript tentatively titled After Religion, Shopocalypse–Earth Activism and Performance at Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping, based on this ongoing research

Currently, Professor González serves on the steering committee for the Religion and Economy Program Unit at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and on the Editorial Board for Critical Research on Religion. He is also a Research Associate at the Center for Critical Research on ReligionProfessor González has reviewed for various scholarly journals and academic publishers in the study of religion.

Professor González received his B.A. from Yale College (Comparative Literature), an M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School (Ethics), and a Th.D. from Harvard Divinity School (Religion and Society). Prior to moving to Baruch in the Fall of 2018, he taught at Monmouth University (West Long Branch, NJ).

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