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Elaine Christian

Program: Anthropology & Education

Degree: Ph.D.

Previous Graduate Education:  B.A. Linguistics, Trinity Western University, 2005; M.A. Anthropology of Development, School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), 2010

Research Interests: Religion, Christianity, missionaries (especially short-term missions), development, adult literacy, religious development organisations

Geographical Interests: East Africa, Tanzania, Swahili-speaking areas


Selected Publications, Presentations, Works-in-Progress:
“Experiencing Uncertainty as a PhD Student in Anthropology.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, November 2013.

“Evangelizing Tanzanian Students.” African Education in Focus 8 (1): 8–9. 2013.

“Ethnography as Multi-Layered Ritual Practice: An Exploration.” Stony Brook Graduate Student Ethnography Conference, New York, April 2013.

“'God Will Tell You How You Are': Teenage Missionaries and the Development of Self through Divine Communication.” Society for Psychological Anthropology, San Diego, April 2013.

“Spiritualizing Everyday Life: Processes of Incorporation in Short-term Missions Trips.” Florida State University Department of Religion Graduate Symposium, Tallahassee, February 2013.

“Dry Spells: Struggles with Growing in Faith among Teenage Missionaries.” Teachers College Seminar in Religion and Failure, New York, January 2013.

Awards/Grants:
Visiting Research Exchange Student at London School of Economic (2013-2014)
Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship (2013 – declined)
Leitner Family Student Fellowship for Research in Africa (2012)
Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship (2012)