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Fraser Macdonald

Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, University of Waikato

As an anthropologist of religion, the majority of my research has investigated the effects of evangelical-Pentecostal Christianity in Melanesia. Within my published writing I have examined how different aspects of traditional religion and cosmology have been reshaped and revalued through coming into contact with globalised forms of Christianity. For example, different publications have explored how conversion to Christianity has changed people's understanding of mythology, sorcery and witchcraft, environmental disruption, human and cosmic origins, souls, death and the afterlife, as well as the use of traditional performative elements within church worship.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, University of Waikato


  • 2013 
    Australian National University, PhD