Dr Pedro Feitoza

Lecturer in Latin American Christianity


I am a scholar of religion in Latin America with particular interests in the history of evangelical expansion in Brazil and the renewal of Catholic thought and practice in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Born and raised in Brazil, I studied for a BA in History and Education and an MPhil in History in Brasília. This was followed by three years teaching in public and private institutions. In 2019 I completed a PhD in History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Before taking up my current appointment at the School of Divinity in September 2022 I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Brazilian Centre of Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP),  São Paulo.


PhD History, University of Cambridge (2019)

MPhil History, University of Brasília (2012)

BA History and Education, University Centre of Brasília (2009)

Responsibilities & affiliations

Associate editor, Studies in World Christianity (Edinburgh University Press)

Member of editorial board, Studies in Christian Mission (E. J. Brill)

Undergraduate teaching

History of Christianity as a World Religion 1B

Christianity and Politics in Latin America, 1800 to the present

Postgraduate teaching

Christianity and Politics in Latin America, 1800 to the present (PG)

Selected Themes in the Study of World Christianity

Approaches to Research: World Christianity

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

I work mainly on the social, cultural, and intellectual history of Christianity in modern Latin America. I am particularly interested in the diffusion of evangelical Christianity in Brazil; Protestant and Catholic social and political thought; print culture and the public sphere; the renewal of religious practice and devotion; Protestant-Catholic interactions.

Affiliated research centres

Past project grants

A Social and Intellectual History of Brazilian Protestantism, 1860-1950, The São Paulo Research Foundation (2020-2022)

Selected publications:


‘The middle line of truth: religious and secular ideologies in the making of Brazilian evangelical thought, 1870-1930,’ Modern Intellectual History 19 (2022), pp. 1033-57

Winner of the Antonio Candido Prize 2022 for best article in the humanities


‘Historical trajectories of Protestantism in Brazil, 1810-1960,’ in Eric Miller; Ronald Morgan (eds.), Brazilian evangelicalism in the 21st century: an inside and outside look (Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), pp. 31-63


‘Experiments in missionary writing: Protestant missions and the Imprensa Evangelica in Brazil, 1864-1892,’ The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 69 (2018), pp. 585-605

Winner of the World Christianities Essay Prize 2018


‘British missions and the making of a Brazilian Protestant public,’ in Joel Cabrita; David Maxwell; Emma Wild-Wood (eds.), Relocating world Christianity: interdisciplinary studies in universal and local expressions of the Christian faith (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2017), pp. 70-92


For a full list of publications and research projects, see: https://www.research.ed.ac.uk/en/persons/pedro-feitoza