Recent surveys show that the percentage of nonreligious Latinos is approaching that of the U.S. general population, indicating that Latinos are major contributors to the rise of Nones in the United States in recent years. One of the fastest-growing ethnic groups in the country, Latino Americans comprise 17 percent of the U.S. population and are expected to account for nearly 30 percent of the population by 2060, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. An increase in secular identity among Latinos bodes well for the future growth of the secular movement.
Dr. Juhem Navarro-Rivera, one of the leading researchers of Latino secularism, explores how this traditionally Catholic group has started turning secular at a very rapid pace. Focusing on public opinion surveys and other political data, Dr. Navarro-Rivera shows Latino nones are influencing Latino political behavior, leading the charge for Latino support for culture war issues such as same-sex marriage and reproductive rights, and for a more equitable and economically fair America.
Dr. Juhem Navarro-Rivera is an expert on Latino politics and religion. He is currently affiliated as a research associate at the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture at Trinity College where he was a Research Fellow between 2007 and 2012. From 2012 and 2014 he was a research associate at Public Religion Research Institute in Washington, DC. Dr. Navarro-Rivera has a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Connecticut where he taught courses in quantitative methods, political science and Latino studies. His dissertation explores the impact of cultural factors and lived experiences in the development of political ideologies among Latinos in the United States. Dr. Navarro-Rivera has published articles, columns, and reports on Latino religion and politics in places such as Free Inquiry, Friendly Atheist, Religion in the News, and Spiritual Politics.