Rudy Busto

Rudy Busto is Associate Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has taught and published widely on issues of race, ethnicity, and religion in American contexts, including Chican@/Latin@ religions, Asian and Pacific American religious traditions, issues of indigeneity, the transformation of global religions in the United States, religion in the American West and Pacific Rim, evangelical Christianity, and religion and science fiction. His book, King Tiger: The Religious Vision of Reies Lopez Tijerina, examines how a distinctive brand of borderland Pentecostalism, powerful mystical visions, and vernacular theologies shaped the life and activism of a grassroots leader in the Hispano land rights and Chicano movements of the 1970s.