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Elizabeth McAlister

Professor of Religion, Wesleyan University

Elizabeth McAlister is Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Her current research examines the rise of the “Spiritual Warfare” movement and its global networks, particularly in the circuits between the United States and Haiti. She also researches Afro-Caribbean religions, transnational migration, neo-pentecostalism, and race theory, with a focus on Haiti. McAlister is author of Rara! Vodou, Power and Performance in Haiti and its Diaspora, a book and CD ( University of California Press, 2002) that is an ethnography of a musical, religious, and political festival. Her second book, Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas (Oxford University Press, 2004) is a volume co-edited with Henry Goldschmidt, which theorizes race and religion as linked constructs. McAlister has produced albums of Afro-Haitian religious music such as: Rhythms of Rapture, (Smithsonian Folkways). Most of her published articles can be found online at:


  • –present
    Professor of Religion, Wesleyan University