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Brendan Jamal Thornton

Associate Professor of Religious Studies
  Carolina Hall 125F
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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. 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 Anthropological Quarterly, 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). For more information about his work, please visit: Faculty Website
Brendan Jamal Thornton