Research & Scholarship
Rites of initiation for children
History of religion in Madagascar
Identities in pluralistic religious contexts
“Hosting a First Haircutting in Diégo Suarez, Madagascar” in Everyday Life on the African Continent, Ohio University Press, forthcoming, 2019.
Turning ‘Water Babies’ (Zaza Rano) into ‘Real Human Beings’ (Vrai Humains): Rituals of Blessing for the Newly Born in Diégo Suarez, Madagascar, Journal of Religion in Africa, 47, 2: 2018.
“In Pursuit of Prosperity: Prostitution and Pentecostalism in a Malagasy Port Town,” Review of Cole, Jennifer, Sex and Salvation: Imagining the Future in Madagascar. H-Histsex, H-Net Reviews. March 2013.
“ ‘Make My Hands Holy’: How Gift-Giving (Hasin-Tanana) and the Malagasy Ethic of Reciprocity (Fihavanana) Equips Traditional Healers to Provide Clients with Much Needed Therapeutic Resources in Regions of Medical Scarcity,” American Academy of Religion Annual Conference, Atlanta, 2015 [Conference missed due to illness]
“Delivering More Than Babies: Understanding the Role of Traditional Midwives in Diego Suarez, Madagascar,” 10th Madagascar Workshop, Montreal, 2015
“Adorn Them with Amulets or Exorcise Them of Evil? How Malagasy Shepherd Healers are Changing the Religious Landscape of Madagascar,” African Studies Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, 2013
“Turning ‘Water Babies’ into ‘Real Human Beings’: Post-partum Rituals for Achieving Health in Mothers and Infants in Northern Madagascar,” American Academy of Religion Annual Conference, Chicago, 2012
“Pills, Plants or Knives under their Pillows? Religious and Medical Strategies for Raising Healthy Babies in Madagascar,” African Studies Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, 2012