Christopher Hale, Executive Committee

Christopher Hale

Assistant Professor
Political Science Department
The University of Alabama

PhD, Arizona State University, 2013
MA, Ohio University, 2005
BA, Marietta College, 2003

Teaching Interests:

Introduction to Comparative Government
Politics of Developing Nations
Introduction to Politics
Topics on Cultural Diversity: U.S. Immigration
World Politics
Politics of Latin America Religion and Politics

Section Journal Article:

Religious Institutions and Collective Action: The Catholic Church and Political Activism in Indigenous Chiapas and Yucatán.” Politics and Religion 11, No. 1


Why do religious organizations facilitate secular political activism in some settings but not others? I contend that where religious institutions are characterized by decentralized local governance, they are more likely to facilitate political activism. Drawing on nine months of field research and 60 interviews, I conduct a qualitative comparison between the Mexican states of Chiapas and Yucatán. I argue Chiapas exhibits highly decentralized governance by the Catholic Church whereas Yucatán exhibits centralized clerical management. This difference accounts for why Chiapas experiences high levels of indigenous political activism while Yucatán experiences very little political activism.