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Christy Schuetze

Associate Professor of Anthropology; Chair

Sociology and Anthropology


  2. Phone: (610) 328-8108
  3. Kohlberg 238
  4. Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 1:15- 2:30pm, by appointment
Christy Schuetze


Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, 2010
B.A., Anthropology, International Affairs Concentration, The Colorado College, 1998

Selected Publications

Schuetze, Christy; [book manuscript, under review] Spirit Wives and Church Mothers: Marriage, Social Healing, and Survival in Mozambique.

Schuetze, Christy; [in preparation for submission to American Ethnologist]; “Pastors as Patrons: Patterns of Pentecostal Church Leadership in Mozambique.”

Schuetze, Christy; [in preparation for submission to American Anthropologist]; “The Economy of Spirits and the Moral Politics of Money: Changing Human-Spirit Relationships in Central Mozambique.”

Schuetze, Christy; 2015;  “Narrative Fortresses: Crisis Narratives and the Production of Conflict in the Conservation of Mount Gorongosa, Mozambique.” Conservation and Society 13(2): 141-153.

Schuetze, Christy and Carolien Jacobs; 2011; "Violence Against Violence: In Search of Security and Justice," Etnofoor 23(2):17-36.

Schuetze, Christy and Carolien Jacobs; 2011; "Justice With Their Own Hands: Lynching, Poverty, Witchcraft, and the State in Mozambique," in Manfred Berg and Simon Wendt, eds. Globalizing Lynching History. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.

2010. PhD dissertation; "The World is Upside Down: Women's Participation in Religious Movements and the Search for Social Healing in Central Mozambique."

2008. "Examining the Role of Language in Healing: a Comparison of Two Therapeutic Interventions for Spirit Possession," pp. 33-54 in Toyin Falola and Matthew Heaton, eds., Health, Knowledge, and Belief Systems in Africa. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

Baptista, Samuel Joao, Celestino Sacaune Canda & Christy Schuetze; 2003; Kuona na Kulemba: Malongero a chi-Gorongosi. Translation from chiSena to chiGorongosi of adult literacy materials; Ministry of Education, Mozambique.

Research and Teaching Interests

Anthropology of Africa; anthropology of religion; medical anthropology; globalization; anthropology of development; health and society; Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity; environmental anthropology; post-colonial economics and gender; state and traditional relations in governance.

Courses and Seminars Taught

  • Culture, Power, and Religion in Africa (ANTH 043F)
  • First Year Seminar: Development and Its Discontents (ANTH 003G)
  • Anthropological Perspectives on Conservation (ANTH 023C)
  • Environmental Justice (ANTH 033E)
  • Culture, Health and Illness (ANTH 043E)
  • Anthropology of Biomedicine (ANTH 133)

Christy Schuetze on "Spirit Wives and Church Mothers: Women’s Religious Participation in Central Mozambique"

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