Professor Cristina Rocha (PhD) is an anthropologist and the Director of the Religion and Society Research Cluster, Western Sydney University, Australia. She is a former President of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion (2017-2019). She co-edits the Journal of Global Buddhism and the Religion in the Americas series, Brill. She has been awarded a Senior Fellowship by the Institute for Advanced Study in Paris (2021-2022). She has been a Visiting Researcher at the University of Utrecht, Kings College and Queen Mary College, CUNY Graduate Centre, and the Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity.
Her research focuses on the intersections of globalization, migration and religion with a special focus on Brazil and Australia. Her publications include: "John of God: The Globalization of Brazilian Faith Healing" (Oxford University Press, 2017) awarded third place in the 2019 Geertz Prize in the anthropology of religion by the American Anthropological Association; "The Diaspora of Brazilian Religions" (with M. Vásquez, Brill, 2013), "Buddhism in Australia" (with M. Barker, Routledge, 2010), "Zen in Brazil: The Quest for Cosmopolitan Modernity" (Hawaii University Press, 2006).
ARC Future Fellow, The University of Western Sydney
Associate professor, UWS
Senior lecturer, UWS
Lecturer B, University of Western Sydney
Lecturer B, Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University
ARC Post doctoral fellow, University of Western Sydney
Lecturer , School of Archaeology and Anthropology, ANU
Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney, PhD
University of São Paulo, Brazil, M.Phil. (by dissertation)
University of São Paulo, Brazil, BSocSc. School of Social Sciences
John of God: The Globalization of Brazilian Faith Healing. New York: , Oxford University Press
Transnational Pentecostal Connections: an Australian Megachurch and a Brazilian Church in Australia, Pentecostudies 12 (1): 62-82.
The Diaspora of Brazilian Religions (with Manuel Vasquez), Brill
Buddhism in Australia: Traditions in Change (with Michelle Barker), Routledge
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.
Seeking Healing Transnationally: Australians, John of God and Brazilian Spiritism, , TAJA (The Anthropology Journal of Australia), 20 (2): 229-246
The Brazilians in Sydney,’ The Dictionary of Sydney, http://www.dictionaryofsydney.org/entry/brazilians
Zen in Brazil: The Quest for Cosmopolitan Modernity, University of Hawaii Press
Grants and Contracts
ARC Discovery: ‘The African Diaspora and Pentecostalism in Australia: New Perspectives on Materiality, Media and Religion
CI (with Richard Vokes, UWA)
Pentecostal Connections: Migration, Missionaries, Mobility and Media between Australia and Brazil
Australian-Brazilian Connections: Mapping the Cultural Traffic in the Southern Hemisphere.
Globalisation And Culture (200206)
Social And Cultural Anthropology (160104)
Religion And Society (220405)
Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Paris (2021-2022). Visiting Fellow at: Utrecht University (The Netherlands), Kings College (UK); CUNY Graduate Centre (USA); Queen Mary College (UK); Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Germany); Japan Foundation Fellow (Japan)