Dr. Zurlo’s scholarship is interdisciplinary in nature, intersecting history, sociology, and world Christianity.

Her latest book is now available for purchase! Click here for more information on Global Christianity: A Guide to the World’s Largest Religion from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe (Zondervan, available in paperback and ebook). This is an accessible reference work to understand the latest facts and trends in every country of the world.

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She was named one of the BBC’s 100 most influential and inspiring women of 2019 for her work in studying religious statistics, and, in particular, the female future of religion worldwide. For her talk in Delhi, India (October 22, 2019), please click here. Her segment begins around 56:27.


Dr. Zurlo is a scholar of the history of mission and world Christianity. She holds a Ph.D. from Boston University School of Theology (Boston, MA) where she studied under the direction of Dana Robert. Her dissertation was on the role of quantification in the development of world Christianity, specifically through the work of Anglican missionary to Kenya, David B. Barrett.

Dr. Zurlo is also a demographer of religion and studies every religion in every country of the world in the past, present, and future. She is Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (South Hamilton, MA) as well as Visiting Research Fellow at Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs, founded by sociologist Peter Berger.