Steven Engler

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Steven Engler
Steven Joseph Engler

1962 (age 58–59)
Academic background
Alma mater
ThesisThe Devil's Poor and the Invisible City[1] (1998)
Doctoral advisorMichel Despland [fr; it][1]
Academic work
DisciplineReligious studies
InstitutionsMount Royal University
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Steven Joseph Engler (born 1962) is a Canadian scholar of religion, Professor at Mount Royal University, Professor Colaborador in the Graduate Program in Ciêncas da Religião at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (Brazil), and affiliate Professor in the Department of Religion at Concordia University.

Engler is the co-editor of leading journals and book series in the field of religious studies. In his work, he has analyzed major publications of the field and the academic landscape of religious studies in Latin America. His research focuses on Christianity in Latin America, especially Brazil, and on related religions such as Kardecism and Umbanda. His work on theories of religion engages semantic holism, a philosophical position in the area of semantics.


Engler was born and raised in the interior of British Columbia.[2] He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from the University of British Columbia in 1986; a Master of Arts degree in philosophy from the University of Toronto in 1989; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in religion from Concordia University in 1999.[3]

Professional activities[edit]

  • Co-editor (with Michael Stausberg) of the journal Religion.
  • Co-editor (with Michael Stausberg) of the Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religion
  • Co-editor (with Bettina E. Schmidt) of Handbook of Contemporary Religions in Brazil (Brill)
  • Co-editor (with Michael Stausberg) of The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion
  • Co-editor of the Numen book series, Studies in the History of Religions (Brill).
  • Co-editor of the Religion in the Americas book series (Brill).
  • Editor of the NAASR book series Key Thinkers in the Study of Religion (Routledge).
  • Member of the editorial board of the Brazilian journal Horizonte


  1. ^ a b Engler, Steven (1998). The Devil's Poor and the Invisible City: Charity, Order and Agency in Early Modern England (PhD thesis). Montreal: Concordia University. ISBN 978-0-612-43565-0. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  2. ^ "About Me". Steven Engler. 2 April 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Steven Engler CV" (PDF). Steven Engler. 24 September 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2017.

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