Faculty & Staff Directory
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Adjunct Associate Professor of Women's Studies
Adjunct Associate Professor of Africana Studies
B.A. with honors University of Wisconsin-Madison 1991
M.A. University of Chicago 1996
Ph.D. University of Chicago 2004.
Afro-Brazilian and Afro-diasporan religions; Women & religion; Gender/Sexuality and religion; Possession religions; Ritual studies.
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant (Brazil) 2012;
Indiana University New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities grant 2012;
IUPUI Arts and Humanities project grant 2010;
IU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies travel grant 2010;
Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad (Moi University, Kenya) 2009;
SLA Research and Creative Activity grant 2009;
IU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies travel grant 2008;
IU New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities 2006;
NEH Summer Seminar 2005;
IUPUI Teaching-in-Aid Grant 2003-2004;
University of Chicago Harper Fellow 2001-2002;
University of Chicago James Hormel Fellow 2000-2001;
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Fellow 1999-2000;
Marty Center Junior Fellow 1998-1999.
Holy Harlots: Femininity, Sexuality, and Black Magic in Brazil (University of California Press, 2011);
“Dispatches from the Frontlines Between Faith and Reason: On the Twentieth Anniversary of Discourse and the Construction of Society,” CSSR Bulletin, Vol 38, No. 3, September 2009: 1-5. “Feiticeiras and Donas-de-Casa: The Afro-Brazilian Spirit Entity Pomba Gira and the Cultural Construction of Femininity in Brazil,” Sexualidad, Salud y Sociedad, Revista Latinoamericana, No. 2, 2009: 49-71. “Serving the Spirits, Healing the Person: Women in Afro-Brazilian Religions,” in Women and New and Africana Religions, eds. Lillian Ashcraft-Eason, Darnise Martin, and Oyeronke Olademo, 101-122. Santa Barbara: Praeger/ABC-CLIO Press, 2009. “The Dark Side of the Feminine: Pomba Gira Spirits in Brazil,” Gendering Global Transformations: Gender, Culture, Race, and Identity, ed. Chima J. Korieh and Philomena E. Okeke-Ihejirika. New York: Routledge, 2008;
"Wicked Women and Femmes Fatales: Gender, Power, and Pomba Gira Spirits in Brazil," History of Religions , August 2008;
"Black Magic and the Academy: Macumba and Afro-Brazilian Orthodoxies," History of Religions , May 2007;
"Body Modification," Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender, forthcoming;
"Fogos Cruzados: Traição e os Limites da Possessão pela Pomba Gira," Religião e Sociedade, 2006;
"Mutilation" and "Taboo" in the Encyclopedia of Women and Religion, (Macmillan 1999);
Co-author, "Sexual Dysfunction: A Neglected Complication of Panic Disorder and Social Phobia," Archives of Sexual Behavior (2001).
Faculty co-advisor for the Religious Studies Student Association;
African and Afro-Diasporan Studies Committee;