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Brendan Jamal Thornton, Ph.D. is an anthropologist and associate professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, San Diego in 2011. His ongoing ethnographic research in the Caribbean is concerned with the social and cultural politics of belief and the role religious identity plays in impoverished urban communities. He is a specialist in the social science of religion and has lectured widely on topics ranging from gender and conversion to supernatural assault and seduction. His scholarship is available globally and has been published in what are generally considered to be the top journals in the fields of anthropology, religious studies, and Latin American studies, including Anthropological QuarterlyJournal of the American Academy of Religion, Latin American Research Review, and elsewhere. He is the award-winning author of Negotiating Respect: Pentecostalism, Masculinity, and the Politics of Spiritual Authority in the Dominican Republic (University Press of Florida 2016). Read More

Brendan Thornton