ARC Future Fellow, Western Sydney University

Associate Professor Cristina Rocha is an ARC Future Fellow at the Religion and Society Research Centre, UWS. She is the editor of the 'Journal of Global Buddhism' and the 'Religion in the Americas' book series, Brill. Her research areas are: globalisation, religion, migration, transnationalism and cross-cultural negotiations, with a particular interest in the cultural traffic between Japan, Brazil and Australia.


  • 2014–present
    ARC Future Fellow, The University of Western Sydney
  • 2014–2015
    Associate professor, UWS
  • 2011–2014
    Senior lecturer, UWS
  • 2009–2010
    Lecturer B, University of Western Sydney
  • 2008–2008
    Lecturer B, Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University
  • 2006–2008
    ARC Post doctoral fellow, University of Western Sydney
  • 2005–2005
    Lecturer , School of Archaeology and Anthropology, ANU


  • 2004 
    Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney, PhD
  • 1996 
    University of São Paulo, Brazil, M.Phil. (by dissertation)
  • 1986 
    University of São Paulo, Brazil, BSocSc. School of Social Sciences


  • 2013
    The Diaspora of Brazilian Religions (with Manuel Vasquez), Brill
  • 2013
    Transnational Pentecostal Connections: an Australian Megachurch and a Brazilian Church in Australia, Pentecostudies 12 (1): 62-82.
  • 2011
    Buddhism in Australia: Traditions in Change (with Michelle Barker), Routledge
  • 2009
    Seeking Healing Transnationally: Australians, John of God and Brazilian Spiritism, , TAJA (The Anthropology Journal of Australia), 20 (2): 229-246
  • 2009
    Global Power Relations at Play in Fieldwork: Researching Spiritism in Brazil, Fieldwork in Religion special issue Religion and Fieldwork in Latin America, 3 (2): 145-160.
  • 2008
    The Brazilians in Sydney,’ The Dictionary of Sydney,
  • 2006
    Zen in Brazil: The Quest for Cosmopolitan Modernity, University of Hawaii Press

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Pentecostal Connections: Migration, Missionaries, Mobility and Media between Australia and Brazil
    Future Fellow
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  • 2006
    Australian-Brazilian Connections: Mapping the Cultural Traffic in the Southern Hemisphere.
    Postdoctoral Fellow
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Research Areas

  • Globalisation And Culture (200206)
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology (160104)
  • Migration (160303)
  • Religion And Society (220405)


2012 Visiting Researcher, CUNY Graduate Centre. Visiting Researcher, University of London2011 Visiting Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany 2000 Japan Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, Japan