ElishaOmri Elisha
Ph.D, New York University 2005

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Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Queens College-CUNY

Office: Powdermaker Hall 315L
Phone: (718) 997-5525
Fax: (718) 997-2885
Email: omri.elisha@qc.cuny.edu

Books & Publications 



"Proximations of the Public Religion: Worship, Spritual Warfare, and the Ritualization of Christian Dance." American Anthropologist 119(1):73-85, 2017.

Saved by a Martyr: Evangelical Mediation, Sanctification, and ‘the Persecuted Church.’” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 84(4): 1056-1080, 2016.

 “Personhood: Sin, Sociality, and the Unbuffered Self in US Evangelicalism.” In The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism, Rosalind Hackett and Simon Coleman, eds. New York University Press, 2015.

“All Catholics Now?: Spectres of Catholicism in Evangelical Social Engagement.” In The New Evangelical Social Engagement, Brian Steensland and Philip Goff, eds. Oxford University Press, 2013.

The Time and Place for Prayer: Evangelical Urbanism and Citywide Prayer Movements.” Religion 43 (3), 2013.

“Evangelical Megachurches and the Christianization of Civil Society: An Ethnographic Case Study.” In Politics and Partnerships: The Role of Voluntary Associations in America’s Political Past and Present, Elisabeth Clemens and Doug Guthrie, eds. University of Chicago Press, 2011.

“Taking the (Inner) City for God: Ambiguities of Urban Social Engagement among Conservative White Evangelicals.”  In The Fundamentalist City: Religion and Urbanism in the New Global Order, Nezar AlSayyad and Mejgan Massoumi, eds.  Routledge, 2011.

"Faith Beyond Belief: Evangelical Protestant Conceptions of Faith and the Resonance of Anti-Humanism." Social Analysis, 52 (1), 2008.

Moral Ambitions of Grace: The Paradox of Compassion and Accountability in Evangelical Faith-Based Activism." Cultural Anthropology, 23 (1), 2008.

"You Can't Talk to an Empty Stomach: Faith-based Activism, Holistic Evangelism, and the Publicity of Evangelical Engagement." In Proselytization Revisited: Rights, Free Markets, and Culture Wars, Rosalind Hackett, ed. Equinox Press, 2008.

"Sins of Our Soccer Moms: Servant Evangelism and the Spiritual Injuries of Class." In Local Actions: Cultural Activism, Power, and Public Life in America, Melissa Checker and Margaret Fishman, eds. Columbia University Press, 2004.

Sustaining Charisma: Mormon Sectarian Culture and the Struggle for Plural Marriage, 1852-1890." Nova Religio, 6 (1), 2002.

" A Theology of Blame." Anthropology News, March 2002.

Research Focus:
  • Cultural anthropology
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Evangelical Christianity
  • North America
  • Ritual Peformance
  • Spirituality and Secularism

Courses Taught:
  • Intro to Cultural Anthropology (101)
  • Essentials of Cultural Anthropology (201)
  • Religion: Belief and Ritual (224) 
  • Evangelicalism (290W: Topics in Anthropology) 
  • Anthropology of Religion (306) 
  • Urban Anthropology (308)
  • The Peopling of New York (HNRS 126W)

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