Laura Premack

Premack photoLaura Premack is a historian of Latin America and West Africa and an interdisciplinary scholar of religion, culture, and globalization. She holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (PhD, MA), Harvard University (EdM), and Wesleyan University (BA), and has held affiliations at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and the State University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. She was the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Africana Studies and Latin American Studies at Bowdoin College from 2012 to 2015, and she is currently Assistant Professor of Latin American History at Keene State College. Her research on the global Pentecostal movement in Brazil and Nigeria has taken her to archives and churches on four continents and has been supported by Fulbright-Hays, FLAS, and Gerda Henkel Foundation fellowships.

Her published work includes articles in The Journal of Religious History, Religion, and The Boston Review, as well as chapters in edited volumes published by Ashgate and Duke (forthcoming). She is currently working on two articles about Brazilian healer “John of God,” one on the cultural contingency of alternative spirituality and another on the new internationalization of the Brazilian northeast. She is also working on a book manuscript, Atlantic Demonologies: A Spiritual Cartography. Her research and teaching interests include Latin America; Africa; Brazil; Nigeria; the African diaspora; the Global South; Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity; Spiritism; transatlantic networks; health and healing; faith and modernity; religion and politics; race; empire; legacies of colonialism; national identity; globalization; and global and comparative methodologies. Follow her on Twitter @LauraPremack.