The initiative will be housed in USC's College of Letters, Arts and Sciences' Center for Religion and Civic Culture. As much as $3.5 million of the grant funds will be spent on social science research in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Russia.
"Our goal is to inspire research partnerships around the globe and fund projects that will shape the discussion for years to come," said Donald Miller, executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture.
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"We are interested in understanding why Pentecostalism is growing so rapidly, what impact it is having on society and how it is different in various cultural settings."