Emily D. Crews

Instructor |
Coordinator for the REL Undergraduate Research Symposium

Office Hours

Wednesday by appointment


Emily is a Ph.D. candidate in History of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Her dissertation project traces the relationship between movement and identity formation in the context of Nigerian immigration to the United States, exploring the ways in which Pentecostalism conditions, and is conditioned by, the attempts of people to make themselves feel “at home” in a foreign culture. Her teaching interests are broad, but focus mostly on such areas as migration, gender, sexuality, and the body, as well as religions in the African diaspora.

Emily teaches sections of REL 105, “Honors Introduction to the Study of Religion,” as well as REL 310 course, “Religion Goes to the Movies.”

Selected Publications

“‘Always Know What You’re Asking When You Ask It:’ Questions, Answers, and the Enduring Legacy of Jonathan Z. Smith,” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 31 (2019), 14-22.

“Singing the Song of Chief Iipumbu: Christianity, Colonialism, and the Limits of Agency in North-Central Namibia,” Religion and Theology 25:3/4, 258-297, 2018.

“The Time Has Passed” in Colasacco, Brett, ed. Sightings:Reflections on Religion and Public Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2019).

“Is Voodoo a Religion?” and “Is There Anything African About African American Religions?” in Religion in 5 Minutes, ed. Russell McCutcheon and Aaron Hughes (Sheffield, UK: Equinox, 2017).