André Gagné, PhD
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Theological Studies
André Gagné joined Concordia University in 2008 as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science (Dept. of Theological Studies) and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2011. In 2017, Dr. Gagné was Directeur d'études invité at l'École pratique des hautes études, La Sorbonne, in Paris.
He works on the religious right, fundamentalism, radicalization, religion and violence, and social identity. In his research, Dr. Gagné seeks to understand how sacred texts and traditions are used by extremist groups and individuals to justify acts of violence and / or cultivate violent ideologies.
Dr. Gagné also has a marked interest in studying the beliefs, practices and political inclinations of various Evangelical subcultures such as Baptists and Pentecostals, and of movements such as the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), the Christian Identity, and Christian Reconstruction.
Professor Gagné is regularly consulted by the media and invited to lecture on the Christian right, religious violence, fundamentalism, and the interpretation and reception of sacred scriptures.
He is also a Digital Fellow of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) as well as a research associate with the Centre d'expertise de formation sur les intégrismes religieux et la radicalisation (CEFIR).
For more information on Dr. Gagné's research, please consult his personal website.
- PhD (Conjoint: Université catholique de Louvain / Université de Montréal, 2008)
- MA (Université de Montréal, 2003)
- BTh (Université de Montréal, 2001)
- Early Christianity (New Testament, Nag Hammadi Library)
- Interpretation and Reception of Sacred Scriptures
- Religious Right
- Religion and Violence
- Social Identity