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Rosalind I. J. Hackett

Rosalind I. J. Hackett

Professor and Head
501 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-0450

Phone: 865-974-6980

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Rosalind I. J. Hackett has been teaching in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville since 1986, and is an adjunct Professor in Anthropology and faculty associate at the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy.  She was a Distinguished Professor in the Humanities from 2003-2008. She taught in Nigerian universities from 1975-1983, while conducting fieldwork. Her graduate degrees are from the University of London (M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Religion) and from the University of Aberdeen (Ph.D. Religious Studies). As an undergraduate, she was a French major at the University of Leeds, before ‘converting’ to the academic study of religion.

As a specialist on the religions of Africa, she has published widely on new religious movements in Africa (New Religious Movements in Nigeria, ed. 1987), religious pluralism (Religion in Calabar, 1989), art (Art and Religion in Africa, 1996), gender, the media, and religion in relation to human rights (Religious Persecution as a U.S. Policy Issue, co-ed., 1999). She recently published an edited book, Proselytization Revisited: Rights Talk, Free Markets, and Culture Wars (London: Equinox, 2008), and has co-edited Displacing the State: Religion and Conflict in Neoliberal Africa(Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2011). She has two co-edited works in press: (with Simon Coleman) The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism (New York University Press, 2015) and (with Benjamin Soares) New Media and Religious Transformations in Africa (2014).  Her current research is on Sound In/As Religion.

Rosalind enjoys teaching courses in African religions, anthropology of religion, religion and human rights, religion and the media, comparative religion, as well as method and theory in the study of religion. She directs her extra-curricular energies on campus to the African Student Association, the Amnesty International chapter, and helping promote international and intercultural perspectives. Since she visited Uganda, she has been active in trying to help with the rebuilding of war-affected northern Uganda. She worked with students, members of the music community Knoxville and Nashville, and partners in Uganda to launch the Jazz for Justice Project in 2006 with a major benefit concert. Several other concerts, lectures, film showings, and conferences have followed. An official UT program, the Gulu Study and Service Abroad Program, began in 2011.

In 2010, she was re-elected President of the International Association for the History of Religions (2010-15), for which she travels extensively. She is frequently consulted by government, development, and media organizations on religious conflict in Nigeria, the war in northern Uganda, and the rise of Pentecostalism in Africa and beyond.

  • Ph.D. in Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, 1986
  • M.Phil. in Religious Studies, University of London, 1978
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (credit), St. Luke's College/University of Exeter (Major:, French; minor: Religious Education.), 1974
  • B.A. Honours in French and Religious Studies, University of Leeds, 1973


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