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Devaka Premawardhana

Assistant Professor

I am an anthropologist specializing in African indigenous religions and contemporary global Christianities. I attend to the contact zones where distinct religions meet, sometimes clashing but often intersecting and intertwining. My work is grounded in the ethnographic method of participant-observation and is informed by insights from existential anthropology. In my forthcoming book, Faith in Flux: Pentecostalism and Mobility in Rural Mozambique, I explore the interplay of religious conversion and geographic migration among a Makhuwa-speaking people with whom I have been working since 2011.



Global Christianity/ies
Religion in Africa
Anthropology of Religion
Existential-Phenomenological Anthropology

Regular Classes

RE 130 Christianity
RE 200 Religion and Colonialism
RE 200 Lost Christianities (FYE with Pamela Reaves)
RE 232 Religion in Africa
RE 304 Conversion
RE 405 Senior Thesis Preparation
RE 406 Senior Thesis



    Ph.D., Harvard University, 2014
    A.M., Harvard University, 2010
    M.Div., Harvard Divinity School, 2005
    B. A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002

    Papers & Publications