Senior Lecturer, Critical Writing Program

Critical Writing Program

McNeil Building, Suite 110, 3718 Locust Walk



PhD University of Pennsylvania
B.A. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Research Interests

Medical Anthropology and History, African Christianity, Medical Hesitancy, Colonial West African Physicians, Global Health, Transnational Migration, Ghana, Nigeria, Jamaica, the US 


Selected Work

Under Contract. The West African Revival: Faith Tabernacle Congregation on the Guinea Coast, 1918-1929. Baylor University Press. Studies in World Christianity Series.   


2013. Enchanted Calvinism: Labor Migration, Afflicting Spirits, and Christian Therapy in the Presbyterian Church of Ghana. University of Rochester Press. Rochester Studies in African History and Diaspora.  



2021. The Economic Rationality of Religious-Based Medical Abstinence in the early Twentieth Century: the Case of Philadelphia’s Faith Tabernacle Congregation. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. 76.2: 147-66. 


2020. Faith Tabernacle Congregation, the 1918-19 Influenza Pandemic and Classical Pentecostalism in Colonial West Africa. Studies in World Christianity 26.3: 219-38.    


Teaching Fields

Global Health, a critical writing seminar
Race and Medicine in America

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