School of Social and Political Science

Dr Naomi Haynes

Job Title

Senior Lecturer and Chancellor's Fellow

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Room number

G.1

Street (Address)

22 George Square

City (Address)

Edinburgh

Country (Address)

UK

Post code (Address)

EH8 9LD

Background

I am a social anthropologist working at the intersection of religion and political economy. My research to date has examined Pentecostal Christianity in urban Zambia - a country that has made a constitutional declaration that it is a "Christian nation."In part, my work addresses how various aspects of Pentecostalism, especially the prosperity or "health and wealth" gospel, shape exchange relationships and social life more generally. At the same time, I am also interested in the way that macro-economic factors, whether privatization or the Global Financial Crisis that struck during my PhD fieldwork in 2008 and 2009, impact those same social and relational forms. More broadly, my research is about cultural values - things like ambition, obligation, or charisma - religious economies, and the way that religion shapes people and social relationships.

I received my PhD in 2012 from the University of California, San Diego, where I also taught and assisted with undergraduate courses in anthropology. I am a Fellow of the Africa Studies Centre at the University of Leiden, and an associate scholar on the Gender and Pentecostal Christianity project at the University of Bergen. I am also a co-curator of New Directions in the Anthropology of Christianity, and co-editor of a companion monograph series with Bloomsbury Academic Press.

In 2016 I was awarded a Future Research Leaders grant from the Economic and Social Research Council for a new project exploring Christian Nationalism in Zambia. As part of this research, I am curating a new online space exploring the theme of Christian nationalism broad. Please contact me if you are interested in making a contribution to "The Christian Nation Project."

Selected Publications

Short Articles

2019. "Lungu's Livingstone."Africa is a Country.

2019. "A Christian Covenant in Concrete."The Immanent Frame.

Monograph

2017. Moving by the Spirit: Pentecostal Social Life on the Zambian Copperbelt. University of California Press.

Edited Volumes

2014. The Anthropology of Christianity: Unity, Diversity, New Directions (co-edited with Joel Robbins). Special issue of Current Anthropology (Vol. 55, No. S10).

2017. Hierarchy, Values, and the Value of Hierarchy (co-edited with Jason Hickel). Special issue of Social Analysis (Vol. 60, No. 4).

2018. Hierarchy and Value: Comparative Perspectives on Moral Order. Berghahn Books. (co-edited with Jason Hickel)

Research Articles:

Forthcoming. Taking Dominion in a Christian Nation: North American Political Theology in an African Context. Pneuma: The Journal for the Society for Pentecostal Studies.

Forthcoming. Concretizing the Christian Nation: Negotiating Zambia's National House of Prayer. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

2020. The Expansive Present: A New Model of Christian Time. Current Anthropology 61(1): 57-76.

2019. The Benefit of the Doubt: Towards a Theory of Doubt and Power. Anthropological Quarterly 92(1): 35-58.

2018. Why Can’t a Pastor Be President of a “Christian Nation?”: Pentecostal Politics as Religious Mediation. Political and Legal Anthropology Review 41(1): 60-74.

2017. Contemporary Africa Through the Theory of Louis Dumont. Sociologia & Anthropologia 7(3).

2017. Learning to Pray the Pentecostal Way: Language and Personhood on the Zambian Copperbelt. Religion 47(1): 35-50.

2016. Hierarchy, Values, and the Value of Hierarchy (article co-authored with Jason Hickel). Social Analysis 60(4): 1-20

2015. 'Zambia Shall be Saved!': Prosperity Gospel Politics in a Self-Proclaimed Christian Nation. Nova Religio 19(1): 5-24. Winner: Second Prize, Thomas Robbins Award for Excellence in the Study of New Religions.

2015. Egalitarianism and Hierarchy in Copperbelt Religious Practice: On the Social Work of Pentecostal Ritual. Religion 42(2): 273-292.

2015. Change and Chisungu in Zambia's time of AIDS. Ethnos 80(3): 364-384.

2014. Afterword: Affordances and Audiences: On the Difference Christianity Makes. Current Anthropology 55(S10): S357-S365.

2013. On the Potential and Problems of Pentecostal Exchange. American Anthropologist 115(1): 85-95.

2012. Pentecostalism and the Morality of Money: Prosperity, Inequality, and Religious Sociality on the Zambian Copperbelt. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 18(1): 124-139.

2008. The Anthropology of Christianity (article co-authored with Jon Bialecki and Joel Robbins). Religion Compass 2/6: 1139-1158.

Book Chapters:

2018. Theology on the Ground. In Theologically Engaged Anthropology Edited by Derrick Lemons. Oxford University Press, pp. 266-279.

Research interests

Research interests

Christianity, Political economy, Southern Africa, Hierarchy, Values, Economic anthropology, Religion And Ritual

Topics interested in supervising

I welcome inquiries from students interested in the anthropology of Christianity, the anthropology of religion, economic anthropology, and southern Africa

If you are interested in being supervised by Naomi Haynes, please see the links below (open in new windows) for more information:

Works within

Staff Hours and Guidance

Tuesdays 13:00-15:00, online

Publications by user content

Publication Research Explorer link
Haynes N. Taking dominion in a Christian nation: North American political theology in an African context. Pneuma. 2021 Jun;43(2):214-232. https://doi.org/10.1163/15700747-bja10036
Haynes N. Concretizing the Christian nation: Negotiating Zambia's National House of Prayer. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 2021 Jan 20.
Haynes N. The expansive present: A new model of Christian time. Current Anthropology. 2020 Feb 29;61(1):57-76. https://doi.org/10.1086/706902
Haynes N (Artist). Cathedrals and Critique 2020.
Haynes N. Lungu’s Livingstone: Where does the idea that Zambia is a Christian nation come from? Africa is a Country. 2019 Nov 20.
Haynes N. A Christian covenant in concrete. The Immanent Frame. 2019 May 7.
Haynes N. The benefit of the doubt: On the relationship between doubt and power. Anthropological Quarterly. 2019 Jan 31;92(1):35-57.
Hickel J, (ed.), Haynes N, (ed.). Hierarchy and Value: Comparative Perspectives on Moral Order. Berghahn Books, 2018. 170 p. (STUDIES IN SOCIAL ANALYSIS).
Haynes N. Why can’t a pastor be president of a “Christian Nation?”: Pentecostal politics as religious mediation. PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review. 2018 May 17;41(1):60-74. https://doi.org/10.1111/plar.12244
Haynes N. Contemporary Africa Through the Theory of Louis Dumont. Sociologia and Anthropologia. 2017 Dec 31;7(3):715-734. https://doi.org/10.1590/2238-38752016v733
Haynes N. Moving by the Spirit: Pentecostal Social Life on the Zambian Copperbelt. 1 ed. Oakland: University of California Press, 2017. 224 p. (The Anthropology of Christianity). https://doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520294240.001.0001
Haynes N. Learning to pray the Pentecostal way: Language and personhood on the Zambian Copperbelt. Religion. 2017;47(1):35-50. https://doi.org/10.1080/0048721X.2016.1225906
Haynes N, Hickel J. Introduction: Hierarchy, value, and the value of hierarchy. Social Analysis: The International Journal of Social and Cultural Practice. 2016 Dec 1;60(4):1-20. https://doi.org/10.3167/sa.2016.600401
Haynes N. Theology on the Ground. In Lemons JD, editor, Theologically Engaged Anthropology. Oxford University Press. 2016
Haynes N. “Zambia Shall be Saved!”: Prosperity Gospel Politics in a Self-Proclaimed Christian Nation. Nova Religio. 2015 Aug;19(1):5-24. 1. https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2015.19.1.5
Haynes N. Egalitarianism and Hierarchy in Copperbelt Religious Practice: On the Social Work of Pentecostal Ritual. Religion. 2015. https://doi.org/10.1080/0048721X.2014.992106
Haynes N. Change and Chisungu in Zambia's Time of AIDS. Ethnos. 2015;80(3):364-384. https://doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2013.858056
Haynes N. Affordances and Audiences: Finding the Difference Christianity Makes. Current Anthropology. 2014 Dec 1;55(S10):357-365. https://doi.org/10.1086/678285
Robbins J, (ed.), Haynes N, (ed.). The Anthropology of Christianity: Unity, Diversity, New Directions. s10 ed. 2014. (Current Anthropology).
Haynes N. On the Potential and Problems of Pentecostal Exchange. Journal of the American Anthropological Association (American Anthropologist) . 2013 Mar;115(1):85-95. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1548-1433.2012.01537.x
Haynes N. Pentecostalism and the Morality of Money: Prosperity, Inequality, and Religious Sociality on the Zambian Copperbelt. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 2012 Mar;18(1):123-139. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9655.2011.01734.x
Bialecki J, Haynes N, Robins J. The Anthropology of Christianity. Religion Compass. 2008 Nov 1;2(6):1139–1158. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-8171.2008.00116