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Luis E. Lugo

Luis E. Lugo—listed in Who's Who Among Hispanic Americans—became the director of the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life in January 2004. Prior to joining the Pew Forum, Lugo served as the director of the religion program at The Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia, a position he held for seven years. Before joining the Trusts, he was a professor of political science for more than twelve years, teaching courses in international relations, Latin American politics, and religion and politics. During Lugo’s tenure, the Pew Forum has become a leading research organization on issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. He has been instrumental in expanding the Pew Forum’s international research efforts. This global research has included a ten-country survey of Pentecostals and a survey of the religious landscape of sub-Saharan Africa. The Pew Forum, under Lugo’s direction, has also included demographic and coding research in its portfolio. He guided the development of the first nationwide, random-sample survey of Muslim Americans and a landmark survey of Latinos’ religious affiliations, beliefs, and practices. A native of Cuba, Lugo earned an MA at Villanova University and his PhD in political science at the University of Chicago.