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Welcome to AnthroCyBib, the Anthropology of Christianity Bibliographic Blog. Founded in October 2011, AnthroCyBib is a resource for scholarship that contributes to, or is in dialogue with, the Anthropology of Christianity. As Christianity continues to attract significant ethnographic and theoretical attention, remaining current on new material and dialogues is increasingly difficult. For this reason we find it valuable to have a single site where relevant work can be announced and searched. Along with this bibliographic function, AnthroCyBib hosts reviews of books and documentary films, author interviews, an archive of teaching materials, and “Milestones,” a peer-reviewed occasional papers series. AnthroCyBib uses an attribution, non-commercial, share-alike creative commons license, outlined in our AnthroCyBib – Reviewer Guidelines. For material published prior to 2011, we recommend consulting some of the existing literature reviews that are out there. To highlight new publications, provide feedback, inquire about reviewing a book, add to the Teaching Archive, or submit a manuscript to “Milestones” please contact one of our curators.

Jon Bialecki is a fellow in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. His work has been published in edited volumes and academic journals, such as the South Atlantic Quarterly, American Ethnologist, Anthropological Theory, Current Anthropology, and the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. His first book, A Diagram for Fire: Miracles and Variation in an American Charismatic Movement (U California Press), won the 2017 Sharon Stephens Prize awarded by the American Ethnological Society. (contact: jon.bialecki@gmail.com)

James S. Bielo is assistant professor of Anthropology at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio, USA). He is the author of four books, most recently Ark Encounter: The Making of a Creationist Theme Park (NYU Press, 2018). He is founder and co-curator of Materializing the Bible, a digital scholarship project that explores the social life of scriptures, religious tourism, and material religion. And, he is founder and co-editor of “Anthropology of Contemporary North America,” a University of Nebraska Press book series. (contact: bielojs@miamioh.edu)

Naomi Haynes is a Chancellor’s Fellow and Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. She is coeditor of the Current Anthropology special issue The Anthropology of Christianity: Unity, Diversity, New Directions and of the Social Analysis special issue Hierarchy, Values, and the Value of Hierarchy. Her first book, Moving by the Spirit: Pentecostal Social Life on the Zambian Copperbeltwas published in 2017 by the University of California Press. (contact: Naomi.Haynes@ed.ac.uk)

Hillary Kaell is author of Walking Where Jesus Walked: American Christians and Holy Land Pilgrimage (NYU Press, 2014) and editor of Everyday Sacred: Religion in Contemporary Quebec (McGill-Queens University Press, 2017). Her current project examines the development of a global Christian imaginary through the lens of child sponsorship programs. She contributes regularly to the New Books in Religion podcast and is co-editor of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion’s book series at Palgrave Macmillan press. She is associate professor of religion at Concordia University in Montreal. (contact: hillarykaell@gmail.com)

Candace Lukasik is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at UC Berkeley. Her dissertation project is entitled “Transnational Anxieties: Shaping a Minority Community between Egypt and the United States,” which explores the transnational circulation of political subjectivities and religious practices through the lens of Coptic Orthodox Christian emigration from Egypt to the United States since 2011. Her research interests are in minorities, secularism, migration, diaspora, religious violence, theology, and Middle Eastern Christians. (contact: cblukasik@berkeley.edu)

Leanne Williams Green is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. Broadly, her research interests center on morality, social change, and Protestant theology. She conducted fieldwork with a group of Baptist churches in Harare, Zimbabwe. Her dissertation focuses on the way urban Christians in these churches debate moral issues, and the corresponding ways that they reckon human responsibility and divine authority as they navigate a tumultuous economic and political climate. She is also interested in the doctrinal cleavages which have emerged in Baptist and other conservative Protestant denominations around matters of reformed theology, and around so-called “New Calvinism.” (contact: leannejwilliams@gmail.com)

Sarah Riccardi-Swartz is a doctoral candidate in the department of Sociocultural Anthropology at New York University, where she also received an M.Phil in Anthropology and completed a graduate certificate in the Culture and Media program for ethnographic filmmaking. Sarah approaches the anthropology of religion through the lens of American religions, and she holds a B.A. and M.A. in Religious Studies from Missouri State University. She is currently conducting fieldwork in Appalachia where she is working with a community of converts to the Russian Orthodox Church. Broadly her research interests include a wide variety of political economies, including those that are digital, aural, material, and sensory. She is interested particularly in the ways in which transnational political ideologies are manifested in religious practices and expressions of faith in the rural United States. (contact: riccardi@nyu.edu)

Adam Marshall is currently completing his PhD thesis in social anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. His research deals primarily with Khmer Evangelical Christians in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. His research interests include ritual and religion, the anthropology of Christianity, Buddhism, spatiality and temporality, subjectivity and personhood, the anthropology of ethics, political anthropology, Cambodia, and Southeast Asia. Adam holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, and an MSc with Distinction in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh. He currently and happily dwells in Edinburgh, Scotland with his wife and daughter. (contact: s1200481@sms.ed.ac.uk)

Kyle Byron is an anthropologist of religion and PhD student in the Department for the Study of Religion at University of Toronto. His research, grounded in the ethnographic study of street preaching troupes in several North American cities, focuses on the place of affect, emotion, and material/sensory culture in the study of religion. (contact: kyle.byron@mail.utoronto.ca)

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  1. this site is a very useful resource, but it would be much better if you provided an RSS feed so interested people like me could be automatically notified of updates. it’s easy to set up with wordpress. thanks, Jon

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