Chesnut Chesnut research activities
August 21
Authored Atlas Obscura Article "On the Street with Saint Death in Tepito, Mexico"
August 13
Quoted in The Atlantic "The Rise of the Narco-Saints"
July 24
Quoted in New York Times Article "Temple in Brazil Appeals to a Surge in Evangelicals"
July 23
Authored Huffington Post Article "30 Years of Mexico and Me"
June 18
Authored Huffington Post Article "The Catholic Cup: Brazil 2014"
June 5
May 30
May 9
April 19
April 18
Interviewed by Latin Pulse "Latin Pulse: 4.18.2014"
April 8
April 8
Authored Huffinfton Post article "San Pantera: Santa Muerte's First Saint"
April 4
Quoted inWall Street Journal article "Attitudes on Sex in Brazil Tested"
March 19
March 13
February 25
Authored Huffington Post article "El Chapo Guzman's Patron Saints"
February 19
Authored Huffington Post article "Does Castaway's Tattoo Reveal His Religion?"
January 9
Co-authored Huffington Post article "Jesus Malverde: Not Just a Narcosaint"
December 19
December 7
Authored Huffington Post article (in Spanish) "Santa Muerte: la santa que no discrimina"
November 18
Co-authored Huffington Post article "Pope of Paradox"
November 18
Published book, "Santa Muerte: la Segadora Segura" (in Spanish)
November 14
November 1
Book featured in el Mercurio de Veracruz (Mexico) article "Origins and Powers of the White Girl (Santa Muerte)"
October 31
October 31
Provided commentary for NBC12 special "Virginia Exorcisms"
October 27
Interviewed by Interfaith Radio, "The Cult of Santa Muerte"
October 21
Authored Huffington Post article "Is There a Global War on Christians?"
October 18
September 24
Authored Huffington Post article "Pope Francis, the Charismatic Liberationist"
July 30
Quoted in The Irish Times (Ireland) article "Pope in effort to reach out to gay Catholics"
July 29
Quoted in The Los Angeles Times (USA) article "Pope Francis' trip to Brazil seen as a roaring success"
July 29
Quoted in The Globe and Mail (Canada) article "Francis and homosexuality: ‘This is pope as rock star'"
May 16
Signed a contract with Paidos of Mexico for publication of the Spanish language edition of Devoted to Death
April 25
Quoted in Bloomberg Businessweek article "Edir Macedo, Brazil's Billionaire Bishop"
April 21
April 16
Interviewed on BBC Radio 3
March 31
Quoted in El Mercurio (Chile's leading daily) article "Pope Francis, An Incentive for Catholicism in Latin America"
March 30
March 29
March 27
Interviewed by Austrailian Radio program, Rear Vision, "Global Christianity"
March 22
March 19
Interviewed by Jack Gravely on Christianity in Latin America
March 18
Quoted in Modern Mythology article "She Comes from the West with Flowers in Her Hair"
March 18
March 15
March 14
March 14
Interviewed by NBC12 "Richmond Reacts to New Pope"
March 14
Quoted in Wall Street Journal "Church Looks to the New World"
March 14
Interviewed on NPRs Morning Edition commenting on Pope Francis
March 13
Interviewed by O Globo "O Futuro da Ingreja está no Hemisfério Sul’, Diz Pesquisador"
March 13
Quoted in NBC12 article "Richmond Reacts to New Pope"
March 13
Interviewed by BBC Radio3
March 13
Quoted in Yahoo! News' aricle "First Latin American pope could counter declining Catholicism"
March 12
March 12
Quoted in PRI's The World Article "Will the Next Pope be Brazilian?"
March 6
March 5
Quoted in Richmond Times Dispatch article "Surprised Virginia Catholics wonder about next leader"
March 5
March 4
March 4
March 4
Quoted in AP article, appeared in WP as "‘La Santa Muerte’ spreading across US after years linked to Mexico drug cartels, love, magic" and ABC as "Underworld Saint Becoming More Popular in US" (also appeared in WSP, NPR, Huffpost, US News, NBC Latino & others)
March 1
February 28
February 28
February 27
February 26
February 25
Cited in Folha de Sao Paulo article "Catholicism Confronts Challenges"
February 25
Cited in Turkish news article about the Pope "Vatikan'ın Brezilya Sınavı"
February 24
Cited in NY Times International Weekly article "Catholic Renewal in Brazil"
February 24
February 24
Quoted on LA Santa Muerte case in Brazilian article "Human Bones Used for Witchcraft Are Auctioned on the Internet"
February 20
Quoted in MSN Noticias article "Marked Decline of Catholicism in Brazil"
February 19
February 19
February 18
Interviewed about Santa Muerte on NBC LA "Human Bones Found in Altar Bought on eBay"
February 17
February 14
February 14
February 12
February 12
Interviewed on NPR Richmond
February 12
February 11
February 11
February 11
February 11
February 11
February 11
February 3
January 22
January 20
Quoted in the article by idoubtit "Creepy statue in Texas cemetery unwelcome"
January 14
December 18
December 12
Cited in "“Cultul „Sfintei Morţi” – o tipologie a disperării”"(The Cult of Saint Death – A Typology of Despair), Doxologia (Romania)
December 3
November 19
Expert commentator for the episode of National Geographic TV program Taboo “Demons and Devils,”
November 5
Expert commentator for ABC News, Rio Grande Valley, TX “Santa Muerte Ritual Linked to Find at Donna Cemetery,”
November 2
November 1
Authored Huffington Post Article "Santa Muerte: A Familiar Death (PHOTOS)"
November 1
Cited by Roberto Blancarte in "El mercado religioso en México"
October 26
Interviewed on Spirituality "Santeria & Santa Muerte"(Lp10262012)
September 16
Cited in the article "Muerte, Mi Amor"
September 12
Quoted in the article "Santa Muerte: Patron Saint of the Drug War - Need help killing someone? Or cementing a drug deal?"
July 9
Featured expert for story on "Santa Muerte- Faith in the Five Boroughs"
July 9
June 22
CNN in English story on narco-saint Jesus Malverde "The story of the 'Narco Saint'"
June 18
CNN en Español story on narco-saint Jesus Malverde "El santo de los narcotraficantes"
June 13
PRX Radio with high school students in Austin, TX: Piece on Santa Muerte
June 1
Quoted in PRI's The World "Catholic Charismatics in Brazil"
May 30
May 27
Interviewed on BBC "Santa Muerte"
May 7
Featured expert for ABC TV, Richmond "Santa Muerte story (part 1)"
May 7
Featured expert for ABC TV, Richmond "Santa Muerte story (part 2)"
May 1
Radio interview on With Good Reason, a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities "Rise of Santa Muerte in-depth"
May 1
In-depth radio interview with Bary Lynn on "Santa Muerte, Culture Shocks"
May 7
Local Richmond ABC News 8 investigates Santa Muerte Download video clip here.
April 27
NBC 12 Investigates "The cult of Santa Muerte"
April 23
In-depth radio interview on NPR Santa Fe "Santa Muerte"
April 12
April 5
Quoted in the insightcrime.org article, by Elyssa Pachico, "Latin American Drug Traffickers Turn to Cults for Comfort"
April 4
Nationally televised interview on Fox's Happening Now "Santa Muerte"
April 1
Quoted in AP article "Mexican Agents Probe Family in 3 Ritual Murders"(appearing in hundreds of newspapers)
April 1
Interview on British radio, BBC's Up All Night, on "Santa Muerte"
March 31
Interviewed on the BBC Newshour on "Santa Muerte"(which starts at minute 41:30)
March 27
Interviewed by a London-base cable channel "SKY TV: Papal Visit to Mexico and Cuba"
March 26
Book Review by Philip Jenkins on "Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint": " At Death's Altar"
March 25
Quoted in AFP story on papal visit to Cuba (translated to Spanish) "Univisión: Papal Visit to Cuba"
March 25
Quoted in The new York Times (USA) article by Randal C. Archibold: "Catholic Church Deals With a Diminished Role in Cuban Life"
March 24
Quoted in AFP story"In Cuba Pope Tries to Expand the Flock" (story appearing in hundreds of newspapers)
March 23
March 20
Quoted in AP story in Spanish "Reina apatia en catolicos mexicanos dias antes de visita papal" (Story published in newspapers throughout Spain and Latin America)
March 18
Quoted in AP story "Cuba, Mexico Pose Different Test of Pope's Mettle" (story appearing in hundreds of newspapers)
March 18
Authored Huffington Post Article "Papal Visit to Mexico and Cuba"
March 16
Interview and web article on the ABC news affiliate in Brownsville, TX., and the entire Rio Grande Valley: "KRGV-ABC: Santa Muerte Spreading to Other Parts of Country"
March 14
Review of Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint in the Inside Higher Ed.: Our Lady of Love and Death
March 5
March 1
Televised news piece on Fox 5 (Washington, DC) "Santa Muerte: The Saint of Death has Following Among Criminals"
Feb. 21
Feb. 19
Quoted in Our Sunday Visitor, the largest Catholic weekly in the U.S. "Our Lady of Guadalupe Battles 'Holy Death' for Devotion of Mexican Faithful"
Jan. 10
Interviewed on Madeleine Brand Show, NPR Southern California "Los Angeles Believers in La Santa Muerte Say They Aren't a Cult"
January 7
November 25
Quoted in The New York Times (USA) article "Evangelical Leader Rises in Brazil's Culture Wars"