Areas of expertise: Christianity in Africa (especially 19th C-present); world Christianity; missiology/mission history; Pentecostal-charismatic Christianity; lay formation and leadership; popular devotions; religion and healing; religion, conflict, and peacebuilding; interreligious engagement; women and religion.
Phone: +61 3 9230 8132
Location: ACU Melbourne Campus
Ph.D. (University of Notre Dame, World Religions/World Church), M.T.S. (University of Notre Dame, Systematic Theology), B.A. (Messiah College, Humanities/Peace and Conflict Studies)
Utilizing ethnographic, archival, and oral history methods, I specialize in the history and contemporary practice of Christianity in eastern Africa, especially among Catholic communities in Uganda and Rwanda.
My current book project, Networks of Devotion, Landscapes of Faith: Catholic Charismatic Movements in Western Uganda analyzes how Catholic charismatic lay associations form and sustain different styles of Catholic practice, contributing to internal differentiation of the Catholic tradition at both local and global levels. Drawing on extensive ethnographic and archival research in Uganda, I compare the ritual life, institutional structures, and outreach practices of two different Catholic associations devoted to the Holy Spirit in Uganda, one transnational and the other regional. I argue that the two associations’ healing ministries, organizational cultures, and devotional habits nurture contrasting sensibilities about the nature and scope of ecclesial participation and belonging, offering insight into the informal ecclesiologies that animate global Catholic practice.
More broadly, my work explores how devotional practices and healing ministries interact with development efforts and contribute to post-conflict social reconciliation in Uganda and Rwanda. My research also examines gendered patterns of religious practice and leadership in eastern Africa and women's history in the region, including a project investigating the history of Catholic women religious in Rwanda.