Ken Chitwood is a religion scholar focusing on the ethnographic study of Religion in the Americas -- specifically Islam and Muslim communities in Latin America & the Caribbean and in the Latinx U.S.A. He also has an active interest in the intersections of globalization, cosmopolitanismtransnationalism, immigration, the study of Islamophobia Latinx religion, & global Islam. He seeks to enlarge religious literacy in a world that ever more makes the global, local; the local, global; the familiar, strange; and the strange, familiar. His research and academic work has also included American religion, pop culture and religion, religious theory, Caribbean religious traditions, and indigenous religious traditions. 

He is a graduate student fellow with the Center for Global Islamic Studies at University of Florida and is an Associate Research Member with the University of Waikato's Islamic Studies Group. He also has participated with Muslim Institute projects and is involved with the Digital Humanities Working Group at the University of Florida and participates in THATCamp events across the U.S. 

Ken's academic work includes book reviews for top journals, book chapters on global Islam and pop culture, journal publications, and more. View his CV for more details or find other papers and projects at Ken's profile.

Ken's teaching experience includes:

  • Introduction to Islam, Instructor, University of Florida - Summer 2018
  • American Religious History, Instructor, University of Florida - Spring 2018
  • Islam, Christianity, and Religious Diversity, Instructor, Concordia Lutheran Seminary Edmonton, Alberta - Winter 2018 
  • Christian-Muslim Relations, Instructor, Concordia University Bronxville - Fall 2017
  • Islam in the Americas, Instructor, University of Florida - Spring 2017
  • Religion & the News, Instructor, University of Florida (with the College of Journalism & Communication) - Spring 2016
  • Religion, Medicine, & Healing, Teaching Assistant, University of Florida - Summer 2017
  • Religion & Science, Teaching Assistant, University of Florida - Spring 2015
  • Introduction to World Religions, Instructor, LINC Bible Institute, Houston, TX - Fall 2011
  • History of Christian Hermeneutics, Adjunct Instructor, Laidlaw College, Palmerston North, New Zealand - Spring 2008
  • Biblical Interpretation for Ministry, Adjunct Instructor, Laidlaw College, Palmerston North, New Zealand - Fall 2008

Ken earned two BAs (Christian Ed. Leadership & Theological Studies) from Concordia University Irvine, CA (CUI) in 2007 & completed his MA: Theology & Culture at CUI (2014). His master's thesis was, "Islam en Español: the narratives, demographics, conversion causeways, and conditions for community cohesion of Latina/o Muslims in the U.S." 

In the past Ken was awarded the following academic honors:

  • 1st Place Graduate Scholarly Publication Paper Award (UF Religion Dept.), 2016 

  • Student Writer of the Year, 4th place, Evangelical Press Association, 2016

  • 1st Place Graduate Conference Paper Award (UF Religion Dept.), 2015

  • Graduate Assistantship (UF), 2014. 

  • Summa Cum Laude (CUI), 2007 & 2014.

  • Outstanding Senior, School of Theology (CUI), 2007. 

  • 1st Place, Presidential Showcase of Undergraduate Research: "The Poor You Will Always Have With You?: A Survey & Evaluation of Contemporary Christian Approaches to Poverty Alleviation" (CUI), 2007. 

  • Theta Alpha Kappa (ΘΑΚ), National Honor Society for Religious Studies & Theology (CUI), 2006.

  • Omicron Delta Kappa (ΟΔΚ), National Leadership Honor Society (CUI), 2006.

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