Curriculum Vitae


 

 

Elizabeth A. McAlister

Associate Professor

Department of Religion

Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT  06459

 

 

Education

 

1995                Ph.D.  American Studies, Yale  University 

1993                M. Phil.  American Studies, Yale University

1992                M.A.  History, Yale University

1990                M.A. African and Afro-American Studies, Yale University

1985                B.A.  summa cum laude, Anthropology, Vassar College

 

Academic Positions

 

2003 to present            Associate Professor, Department of Religion, Wesleyan

1996 to 2003:              Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Wesleyan

1995-1996:                  Post-doctoral fellow, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis

1994-1995:                  Visiting lecturer, Adelphi University      

 

Scholarly Books Published

 

Rara!  Vodou, Power, and Performance in Haiti and its Diaspora.  Book and compact disc.  Berkeley:  University of California Press, 2002.

 

Race, Nation and Religion in the Americas.  Co-edited with Henry Goldschmidt.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2004.

 

 

Scholarly Articles Published

 

“Rara as Popular Army: Hierarchy, Militarism, and Warfare,” in Philip Scher ed., Perspectives on the Caribbean: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation. Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009 

 

“Religion and Migration in the Haitian Context: The Spirits, The Saints, and Jesus.”  Book Chapter co-written with Karen Richman.  In eds. Richard Alba and Albert J. Raboteau, Religion and Immigration in America: Comparative and Historical Perspectives. New York:  NYU Press, 2008, 319-352.

 

“Globalization and the Religious Production of Space.”  Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Vol. 44, No 3, September 2005, 249-255.

 

–[Reprinted in Paul James, ed., Globalization and Culture.  London:  Sage Publications, 2009.]

 

“The Rite of Baptism in Haitian Vodou.”  In Colleen McDannell, ed., Religions of the United States in Practice.  Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001.

 

“Love, Sex and Gender Embodied:  The Spirits of Haitian Vodou.”  In Nancy Martin and Joseph Runzo, eds., Love, Gender and Sexuality in the World Religions.  Oxford:  Oxford Oneworld Press, 2000, 128-145.

 

–[Translated into French and reprinted as “Amour, sexe et genre incarnés; les esprits du vaudou haitien” in the French journal Africultures No. 58 (Jan 2004)].

 

“The Jew in the Haitian Imagination:  Premodern Anti-Judaism in the Postmodern Caribbean.”  In Yvonne Chireau and Nathaniel Deutch, eds., Black Zion:  African-American Religious Encounters with Judaism.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2000, 203-237.

 

–[This essay is reprinted in Claudine Michel and Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, eds., Vodou in Haitian Life and Culture:  Invisible Powers.  New York:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2006, 79-100.]

 

“The Madonna of 115th Street Revisited: Vodou and Haitian Catholicism in the Age of Transnationalism”  In R. Stephen Warner, ed.,  Gatherings in Diaspora:  Religious Communities and the New Immigration.  Philadelphia:  Temple University Press, 1998, 123-160.

 

–Reprinted in African American Religious Thought:  An Anthology, edited by Cornel West and Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. Louisville, KY:  Westminster John Knox Press, 2003, 942-977.]

 

–Reprinted in American Studies:  An Anthology. Edited by Janice A. Radway, Kevin G. Gaines, Barry Shank, and Penny Von Eschen.  Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009, 233-245.

 

 “New York, Lavalas, and the Emergence of Rara.”  Journal of Haitian Studies Vol 2, Number 2  (Autumn 1996):  131-139.

 

“A Sorcerer’s Bottle:  The Visual Art of Magic in Haiti.” In Donald J. Cosentino, ed.,  Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou. UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 1995:  304-321.

 

–[Translated into French and republished as “Une bouteille de sorcier:  L’Art visuel de la magie en Haiti” in Vaudou, co-edited by the Abbaye de Daoulas et les Editions Hoebeke in Brittany, France, 2003.]

 

“Sacred Stories from the Haitian Diaspora:  A Collective Biography of Seven Vodou Priestesses in New York City.”  Journal of Caribbean Studies, Vol. 9, Nos 1 & 2 (Winter 1993):  10-27.

 

Scholarly Books in Progress

 

Transnational Pentecostalism:  Spiritual Warfare at the Crossroads.  Prospectus for monograph reviewed by University of California Press, manuscript in progress. 

 

 

Discography

 

Rara!  Vodou, Power and Performance in Haiti and its Diaspora.  Recorded and produced compact disc to accompany book of same title, 2002.

 

Music in Latin American Culture:  Regional Traditions. Schirmer Books, 1999. Recorded one track and wrote its liner notes for compact disc produced by Gage Averill.

 

Africans in America:  America’s Journey Through Slavery.  Rycodisc, RCD 90444/3, 1998. Produced track and wrote liner notes for compact disc accompanying four-part television series for WGBH/Boston, produced by Bernice Johnson Reagon.

 

Angels in the Mirror:  Vodou Music of Haiti. Roslyn, NY:  Ellipsis Arts, 1997.  Produced compact disc and booklet.

 

Rhythms of Rapture:  Sacred Musics of Vodou Smithsonian/Folkways, SF 40464, 1995. Recorded and produced compact disc and liner notes.

 

Libete Pran Pou Pran’l/Freedom Let’s Grab It.  Compact disc by Boukman Eksperyans.  Island Mano Records, 1995. Wrote liner notes and song translations.

 

Internet Productions

 

“Rara Festivals in Haiti and New York,” an educational website in English and French at http://rara.wesleyan.edu/  (2006) 

 

 

Magazine Articles, Essays, Reviews

 

Book Review of Francois Pierre Louis, Haitians in New York City:  Transnationalism and Hometown Associations in New West Indian Guide/Nieuwe West-Indische Gids vol. 82 no. 3 & 4 (2008), 308-310.

 

Book Review of Beverly  Bell, Walking on Fire: Haitian Women’s Stories of Survival and Resistance  (Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press), 2001 for New West Indian Guide/Nieuwe West-Indische Gids, vol.77 no. 3 & 4 (2003).

 

“Teaching September 11th.”  Bulletin of the Council of Societies for the Study of Religion.  Vol. 30, no 4, November 2001.

 

“The Lucky Ones, a mother-daughter story of love and war” by Lovely Nicolas and Liza McAlister. Published online at Oxygen.com, 2000.

 

“Serving the Spirits Across Two Seas: Vodou Culture in Haiti and New York.” In A Haiti Anthology: Libète. Princeton, NJ : Markus Wiener Publishers, 1999.  Reprint of article in Aperture article.

 

“Danbala & Ayida Wedo:  Snake Spirits.”  In Phyllis Galembo, Vodou:  Visions and Voices of Haiti.  Berkeley, California:  Ten Speed Press, 1998,  30-33.

 

“Review:  The Uses of Haiti, by Paul Farmer”  New West Indian Guide/Nieuwe West-Indische Gids, Vol 70, Nos 3 & 4 (1996):  361-363.

 

“Walking with the Mardi Gras Indians.” FACES: The Magazine About People, (American Museum of Natural History Magazine for Children) Vol 10, No.4 (February 1993): 30-33.

 

“Rara Demonstrations: Traditional Ritual Turns Political Weapon in Haitian New York.” International Forum at Yale, Vol 12, No.1 (1992): 10-13.

 

“Serving the Spirits Across Two Seas: Vodou Culture in Haiti and New York,” Aperture, Vol. 126 (Winter 1992): 40-47.

 

 “Home Away From Home: Haitian Life in New York.” FACES: The Magazine About People, (American Museum of Natural History Magazine for Children) Vol 8, No. 6 (February 1992): 32-37.

 

“Haitians Make Some Noise in Brooklyn,” on Rara in New York, The Beat,Vol 10, No. 4 (Summer 1991): 28-29.

 

“Vodou in New York City:  New Creolizations:  The Economizing of Ritual Time and Space in Haitian Religion.”  M.A. Thesis, Yale University, 1990.

 

 

 

Media Presentations and Consultations

 

Participant in “New Yorker On-line Roundtable” on Haitian music and history. March 24, 2009:  http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/sashafrerejones/2009/03/roundtable-hait.html

 

Featured scholar inerviewed, “Zombies,” a documentary.  Enigma TV series, 2008.

 

Co-Producer and Guest Scholar for Public Radio International’s Afropop Worldwide Hip Deep Radio Essay, “Music and the Story of Haiti.”  November 2007:   http://afropop.org/

 

Consultant and interviewed guest, “Afropop Worldwide,” National Public Radio, March 2002.

 

Consultant, “Africans in America,” Four-part television series for WGBH/Boston, produced by Bernice Johnson Reagon.  July 1997.

 

Consultant, “The Promise,” Screenplay for Jonathan Demme’s production company, Clinica Estetica, 1997.

 

Consultant and interviewed guest, “Songs of Resistance.” Documentary for CBS TV”Under Fire.”  Aired May 1997.

 

Guest, “Cafe International” with Dan Rosenberg, Public Radio International.  Aired April 27, 1996.

 

Guest, “Fresh Air,” with Terry Gross,  National Public Radio, Aired February 20, 1996. 

 

Ethnographic field consultant for television documentary on cross-cultural spirituality: “Mystic Lands,” produced by The Duncan Group for The Learning Channel,  1995-1996.

 

Guest, “Morning Becomes Eclectic”  KRCW Public Radio in LA, October 1995. 

 

Production and field research, “News From Haiti.”  Afro-Pop Worldwide, National Public Radio, December, 1993.

 

“The White Darkness,”  Radio essay  on Vodou in New York for “All Things Considered,” National Public Radio, April 1988.

 

 

 

Awards, Grants, Fellowships

 

2009                Faculty Fellow, Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan University, Spring Term.

 

2008                Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching

 

2004-2005       Member, of New York University, Center for Religion and Media working group on “Christianity and Old and New Media.” 

 

2004                Faculty Fellow, Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan University, Fall Term.

 

2004                Learning Object Grant to develop Web-based learning initiative at Wesleyan.

 

2002                Christian. A. Johnson Summer Research Apprenticeship,

Wesleyan University.

 

2002                Project Grant, Wesleyan University.

 

1999-2002       External Faculty Research Fellow,

Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion at Yale.

 

2000-01           Publication grant for Race and Religion volume,

Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion at Yale.

 

 

1999-2000       Christian. A. Johnson Summer Research Apprenticeship,

Wesleyan University.

 

1999-2000       Pew Faculty Grant, American Religious History, Yale University.

 

1999                Faculty Fellow, Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan University.

 

1997-1998       External Fellow, Program for Young Scholars in American Religion, The Center for  the Study of Religion and American Culture,

Indiana University.

 

1996-1997       Visitor, Mellon Seminar on Transnational Approaches to the Study of International Migration and Refugee Movements,

Yale University Center for Global Migration.

 

1995-96           Post-doctoral Fellow, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis,

Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

 

1994-95           Dissertation Fellow, New Ethnic and Immigrant Congregations Project,                                     University of Illinois at Chicago. 

 

1993-1994       Dissertation Fellow, McNeil Award in Material Culture Studies,

Yale University

 

1992-1993       Henry Hart Rice Advanced Research Fellow, Yale University,

for field research in Haiti.

 

1992-1993       John S. Enders Research Fellow, Yale University.

 

1990-1994       McNeil Fellow in Material Culture Studies for graduate study,

                        Yale University.

 

1990                Ford Foundation Grant for research trip to Cuba.

 

1988                University Fellowship for graduate study, Yale University.

 

 

 

Selected Papers, Lectures and Conferences

 

“The Black Music Diaspora and the Francophone Caribbean” African and African Diaspora Studies Workshop, Wesleyan University, April 24, 2009.

 

“Dead Men Walking:  Zombies from Haiti to Hollywood” Center for Humanities, Wesleyan University, April 6, 2009.

 

“Zombie Crisis”  Society for the Anthropology of Religion conference, Asilomar, CA, March 28, 2009.

 

“Wyclef Jean’s Redemption Song:  Religion and Transnational Migration in Haitian Hip Hop” Society of Ethnomusicology annual conference, Wesleyan University, Oct. 28, 2008.

 

“When Spirit Regiments Go On Maneuvers‚: The Religious Politics of Aesthetic Battling in Haitian Rara Parades” for invited conference titled “Battling Genres in the African Diaspora” at Baruch College.  May 2, 2008.

 

“Commitments to the Field” paper for American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC, November 28, 2007.

 

“Caribbean Religions in New York” panelist at Brooklyn Museum symposium, Oct 27, 2007.

 

“Rara in Haiti: Visit with the Author,” Swarthmore College Religion department, March 2007.

 

“American Missionary Businessmen in the Age of Transnational Evangelicalism,”  paper for American Anthropological Association, San Jose, CA, November 16, 2006.

 

“Vodou in Haiti:  Myth and Reality” Guest speaker for Haitian Student Club, Norwalk Community College, Oct 30, 2006.

 

“Sacred Music in the Caribbean,” Guest speaker for Music Department at Amherst College, Amherst, September 18, 2006.

 

“Spiritual Warfare and the Evangelical Rewriting of History in Haiti,” a pre-circulated paper for discussion at the University of  Michigan Graduate Workshop in Anthropology and History, Sept 15, 2006.

 

“Mapping Spirit-Geographies in Black Atlantic Worlds,” paper presented to the “Atlantic Studies Initiative” project, University of  Michigan, September 15, 2006.

 

“What’s Religion Got to do With It?  Religion and Intersectionality in Ethnic Studies.”  Invited conference on “Multiethnic Alliances,” U.C. Santa Barbara, May 12-13, 2006. 

 

“Readings on Saints and Angels”  AAUW Book Author Luncheon, Middletown, CT  May 6, 2006.

 

Discussant for panel on Asian Diasporas, Freeman Forum, Wesleyan University, April 14th, 2006.

 

“Mysticism in the Caribbean.”  Invited lecture, Haitian Student Association, NYU, March 11, 2006. 

 

“Vodou and Hip-Hop 101.”  Invited lecture, Caribbean Student’s Association, U. Mass Dartmouth, Feb 6, 2006. 

 

“Religion and its Insiders and Outsiders” Invited guest to graduate workshop in Ethnography of Religion at Harvard University, Dec 7, 2005.

 

“Vodou in Haiti:  Myth V. Reality,” public lecture at Groton Public Library for the One Book One Region 2005 program,  July 5, 2005. 

 

“New Research on Afro-Caribbean Religions in the U.S.A.”  Conference hosted by the Interfaith Center of New York.  June 26, 2005

 

“Luck and Magic in the Caribbean:  Ontologies of Divination.”  Rutgers University symposium on “Luck, Chance, and Destiny:  Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Divination,” Organized by T.J. Jackson Lears at the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, March 4, 2005.

 

“Moral Geography, Moral Media.” presentation at NYU working group at the Center for Religion and Media, January 21, 2005.

 

“Global Christianity: Spiritual Warfare from the US to Haiti.” Lecture for Center for Humanities, Wesleyan University, November 22, 2004.

 

“Slavery, Sex and Death:  Zombies and the Colonial Legacy in Haiti.”  Lecture for Americas Forum “Days of the Dead” series,  Russell House, Wesleyan, October 21, 2004.

 

Public Interview on stage of Bernice Johnson Reagon at Brooklyn Academy of Music, opening night of Robert Wilson and Bernice Reagon collaboration of “The Temptation of Saint Anthony.”  October 19, 2004.

 

“Haitian Revolution or Pact with Satan?  Evangelical Media, Myth, and the Haitian Bicentennial.”  Talk on panel at “Media, Religion and Culture Conference,” Louisville, Kentucky, September 3, 2004.

 

Presenter, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, “Haiti:  Freedom and Creativity From the Mountains to the Sea,,” on the National Mall, Washington, DC,  June 23 to July 4, 2004.

 

“Caribbean Religions in New York,” lecture at the Interfaith Center of New York, June 21, 2004.

 

Discussant on panel at conference on “Women, Religion and the African Diaspora,” Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University, April 23, 2004.

 

“Rara Festivals and The Haitian Bicentennial:  Vodou and Politics on Parade” public lecture sponsored by Black Studies Program at Portland State University, Portland, OR, April 17, 2004.

 

“Who Writes Haitian History?”  Lecture at the annual Haitian Student Conference, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, April 3, 2004.

 

“Religion and History, Religion and Race: The Spanish Inquisition in Haiti,” lecture for David Carrasco’s class on “Method and Theory in the Study of Religion,” Harvard University, March 16, 2004.

 

“Winning the Land for Jesus:  The Contest for the National Body of Haiti,” Plenary Address at the Society for Pentecostal Studies Conference, Marquette University, Milwaukee WI, March 13, 2004.

 

“Rara and Media in the Haitian Diaspora” talk in Angela Zito’s class on “Religion and Media,” New York University, March 11, 2004.

 

“Religion, Slavery and Freedom in Haiti,” talk at Symposium on the Bicentenntial of Haiti, Wesleyan University, February 13, 2004.

 

“Cultural Aspects of Haiti,” talk at the “Celebration of the Bicentennial of Haiti’s Independence,” Institute for Community Research, Hartford, CT, Jan 15, 2004.

 

“Transnational Ethnography and the Politics of Insecurity:  Doing Fieldwork during Crisis and Coup d’Etat.”   Talk at Yale University Graduate Colloquium on Anthropology and Social Theory, Dec 1, 2003.

 

“What’s Religion Got to Do with It?”  Discusssant on panel at conference on “Transcending Borders:  Migration, Ethnicity and Incorporation in an Age of Globalism” sponsored by the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and New York University, Oct 31-Nov 2, 2003.

 

“Queering Caribbean Culture,” talk at Temple University department of Religion, October 21, 2003.

 

“The End Times in the Americas:  National Violence and Global Belonging in Transnational Evangelical Media” paper presented at American Studies Association Conference, Hartford, CT, October 18, 2003.

 

“Boukman and the Bible from Badjo to Brooklyn,” paper presented at Haitian Studies Association Conference, Florida International University, Oct 9-11, 2003.

 

“Jesus and the Jews in Haiti,” public talk at University of Texas at Austin, sponsored by the department of History, Sept 22, 2003.

 

“Religion in Diasporic Haiti,” invited talk for Florida International University’s Haitian Summer Institute program, Miami, FL, July 23, 2003.

 

“Evangelical Video meets Vodou in Haiti,” Talk at “Spectacles of Religiosity” conference, New York University Hemispheric Institute and Performance Studies Department, July 12, 2003.

 

“Caribbean Religions in New York: La Regla de Ocha, Vodou, and Rastafari,” lecture at Interfaith Center of New York, June 22, 2003.

 

“Mapping the Place of Religion in America:  American Civil Religion and its Moral Geography,”a plenary speech for Northeast American Studies Association annual conference, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, CT  April 26, 2003.

 

“Transnational Popular Black Culture:  Religion and Festival in Haiti and Brooklyn” talk sponsored by the Wood Lecture Series, Dept of Religion, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, February 6, 2003.

 

“Haiti’s Musical Religious Culture and its Legacy in Louisiana” delivered at symposium entitled “Contact of Cultures:  The Haitian Factor in the Louisiana Purchase and Beyond.”  Louisiana State University Dept. of Geography and Anthropology, Baton Rouge, LA, January 31, 2003.

 

“Representations of Vodou/Voodoo” Panel Organizer for American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, LA, November 21, 2002.

 

“Voodoo in Hollywood:  Race, Religion, Film, and the Politics of Demonization.”  Paper for American Anthropological Association annual meetings, New Orleans, LA, November 21, 2002.

 

“Rara Festivals and Evangelical Revivals:  Spectacle, Video and the Politics of Repression in Haiti”  invited talk at New York University and Rutgers University co-sponsored closed conference on “Hemispheric Religiosities:  Media and Performance.”  New York University, November 15, 2002.

 

“The Place and Space of Vodou in Scholarship Today” talk for History of Art and African American Studies, Yale University, October 17, 2002.

 

“Reflections on Method and Theory in New Immigrant Religion Research.” Conference on the “Religious Incorporation among Immigrants in New York” Project, International Center for Migration, Ethnicity and Citizenship, New School University, May 10, 2002.

 

“Rara in Haiti and its Diaspora.” Invited talk for a class in African American Studies Department, Harvard University, May 1, 2002.

 

“Religion and Migration:   Historical Comparisons.”  Public lecture at Baruch College, New York, NY, April 23, 2002.

 

“Vodou Spirits, Rara Queens and Small Men:  Gender, Vulgarity and Slavery in Afro-Creole Religion.”  Public lecture at Princeton University, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion, April 24, 2002

 

“Afro-Caribbean Religions in New York.”  Talk at a Public Forum, The Interfaith Center of New York, February 5, 2002.

 

“Pentecostal Narratives and Transnational Migration.” Haitian Studies Association, St. Michael’s College, Burlington, VT, October 2001.

 

“The Shape of Haitian Immigrant Religions in New York.”  Public Lecture for the International Center for Migration, Ethnicity and Citizenship at the New School University, March 8, 2001.

 

“Medieval Christianity and Caribbean Anti-Judaism.” Department of Romance Languages, University of Florida at Gainesville, March 2, 2001.

 

“Religion and Migration:  The Case of Haitians.”  Working group at the Social Science Research Council, December, 2000.

 

“Spiritual Warfare:  Transnational Connections.”  Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion faculty seminar at Yale, December, 2000.

 

“Rara Festivals:  Spiritual Work at the Crossroads.” New York University conference, “Crossing Boundaries:  The African Diaspora in the New Millennium,”  September 20-23, 2000.

 

“Religion and Music in Haiti.”  Panel for World Percussion Festival, Wesleyan University, September 2000.

 

“Lenten Carnival in Haiti.”  Public Lecture at the Connecticut Museum of Natural History at University of Connecticut, March 2000.

 

“African Ginen to American Zion:  American Diffusions and the rise of Pentecostalism in the Haitian Context.”  Conference of the Pew Program in American Religious History, Yale University, May 2000. 

 

“Pentecostalism and the Haitian Diaspora.”  Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Washington, DC, July 2000.

 

“Transnational Black Popular Culture.”  Yale University Anthropology Department, April 12, 2000.

 

“Sexualized Speech, Political Repression.”  American Anthropological Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois, November 1999.

 

“The Politics of Vulgarity:  Women’s Voiced Sexual Speech in Haitian Carnival.”  Second Annual Carnival Conference, Port of Spain, Trinidad.  October 25, 1999.

 

“Religion and Race:  Questions for a New Paradigm.”  Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion at Yale.  September 20, 1999.

 

Panel Organizer:  “Bodies and Spirits:  Race, Religion and Identity Formation in the Americas.”  American Anthropological Association conference, (Society for Cultural Anthropology Section), Philadelphia, Pa, December 5, 1998.

 

“Jesus and Vodou:  Protestantism and the Angels in Haiti.”  American Anthropological Association Conference, Philadelphia, Pa, December 5, 1998.

 

“Displaying Catholicisms in America.”  American Academy of Religion Conference, Orlando, Florida, November, 1998.

 

“Roots, Rock, Rasin:  Haiti and World Music.”  New York University Performance Studies Department, October 15, 1998.

 

“Teaching African-based Religions in the U.S.”  American Museum of Natural History, New York City, September 28, 1998.

 

“Rara Festivals in Haiti: Magic, Sex and Politics.”  World Conference on Carnival, Trinity College,  September 10, 1998.

 

“Easter Week in Haiti:  The Jew and Religious Memory in Vodou.”   Arts Council of the African Studies Association, Triennial Meetings, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 8-12, 1998.

 

“Rara Festivals in Haiti:  Spiritual Works and Carnival Play.”  Congress of Santa Barbara, Brooklyn College, April 3-5, 1998.

 

“Invisible Zombie Spirits as Texts:  Ethnographic Fieldwork, Material Culture and Song in the study of Popular Religion.” Religion Department, Columbia University, March 1998.

 

“Fieldwork and African-based Religions.”  Religion Department, Trinity College, November 1997.

 

“Transnational Black Popular Culture:  The Case of Haitian Rara Rituals in New York City.”  Lecture for the Mellon Lecture Series on Global Migration at Yale University, May 7, 1997. 

 

“Pilgrimage and Spirit Work in East Harlem.”  American Studies Lecture Series, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, March 11, 1997.

 

“The Religious Landscape of Haitian New York.”  Invited Conference on Immigrant Catholicism at Catholic University, Washington, DC, March 6-9, 1997.

 

“Syncretism or Creolization?  Catholicism and Afro-Caribbean Religion.”  Invited Conference on Religious Transformations:  Colonial and Postcolonial Encounters.”  Rutgers University, October 25-27, 1996.

 

“Our Lady of Mount Carmel on 115th Street Today: Working the Saint in Haitian Catholicism.” Association for the Sociology of Religion Conference, August 1996.

 

“The Jew in the Haitian Imagination.” Northeast Seminar on Black Religions, Princeton University, December 1995. 

 

“Haitian Vodou meets Italian Catholicism in Spanish Harlem:  The Madonna of 115th Street Revisited.” American Anthropological Association conference, November 1995.

 

“The Art of Magic in Haiti.”  UCLA Folklore Department, October 1995. 

 

“The Jew in the Haitian Imagination.”  Annual Haitian Studies Association conference, Milwaukee, October 1995.

 

“Where Vodou meets Politics:  Rara festivals after the coup d’etat against Aristide in Haiti.”  Triennial conference of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association.  New York City, April 1995. 

 

“The Gods who live in Central Park:  Vodou in New York City.”  Union Theological Seminary invited Lecture, March 1995. 

 

“Riots, Political Demonstrations, and Carnival:  The case of Haiti.” Invited conference on “The Politics of Insecurity” sponsored by Social Science Research Council and Wenner-Gren.  SSRC Offices, New York City, January 25-27 1995. 

 

 

Courses Designed and Taught

“Globalization and Christianity”

“Religion in America”   

“The Anthropology of Black Religions in the Atlantic World”

“Religion and the Social Construction of Race”

“The End of the World:  The Millennium and End Times Thought in America”

“Vodou from Haiti to Hollywood”

“Zombies as Other”

“Mixed in America:  Race, Religion and Memoir”

“Religion and the Feminine”

“Religions and Magics”

“Introduction to the Study of Religion” 

“Religion Major’s Colloquium”

 

Faculty Affiliations at Wesleyan

African American Studies Program, Core faculty

American Studies Program, Core Faculty

Latin American Studies Program, Affiliated faculty

Feminist, Gender, Sexuality Studies Program, affiliated faculty

 

Academic Associations

American Academy of Religion

Association for the Sociology of Religion

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

Society for Pentecostal Studies

American Anthropological Association

American Studies Association

Arts Council of the African Studies Association

Society for Ethnomusicology