Britt E. Halvorson

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Phone: 207-859-5228
Fax: 207-859-4425
Halvorson, Britt E.


Albion College, B.A.

University of Michigan, M.A., Ph.D.

Areas of Expertise

  • Global Christianities
  • Medical humanitarianism
  • Waste economies
  • Material culture studies
  • Ethics and politics of care
  • Whiteness and the Midwest U.S.



Halvorson, B. and J. Reno. 2022. Imagining the Heartland: White Supremacy and the American Midwest. University of California Press.

Halvorson, B. 2018. Conversionary Sites: Transforming Medical Aid and Global Christianity from Madagascar to Minnesota. University of Chicago Press.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Halvorson, B. and J.O. Reno. 2021. "Waste and Whiteness." In Routledge Handbook of Waste Studies. Josh Lepawsky and Zsuzsa Gille, eds. New York and London: Routledge.

Halvorson, B. and I. Hovland. 2021. “Reconnecting Language and Materiality in Christian Reading: A Comparative Analysis of Two Groups of Protestant Women.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 63(2): 499-529.

Halvorson, B. 2020. "Malagasy Art on the Move: Materiality, Home Displays, and Problems in Decolonizing Christianity.” Journal of Material Culture. Published Online: 21 November 2020.

Halvorson, B. 2020. “Reassessing Charitable Affect: Volunteerism, Affect and Ethical Practice in a Medical Aid Agency.” Anthropological Quarterly 93(2): 151-175.

Halvorson, B. 2019. “What Is the Midwest Thinking? U.S. Regionalism and Nationalism.” Co-Authored with Josh Reno. Cultural Anthropology , Fieldsights Section, March 2019.

Halvorson, B. 2017. "When God Is a Moral Accountant: Requests and Dilemmas of Accountability in U.S. Medical Relief in Madagascar." In The Request and the Gift in Religious and Humanitarian Endeavors. Fred Klaits, ed. Pp. 65-92. Palgrave Macmillan.

Halvorson, B. 2015. "The Value of Time and the Temporality of Value in Socialities of Waste." Discard Studies [Online Journal]. 21 September 2015.

Halvorson, B. 2012. "Woven Worlds: Material Things, Bureaucratization, and Dilemmas of Caregiving in Lutheran Humanitarianism." American Ethnologist 39, no. 1 (2012): 122-137.

Halvorson, B. 2012. "‘No Junk for Jesus’: Redemptive Economies and Value Conversions in Lutheran Medical Aid." In Economies of Recycling: The Global Transformation of Materials, Values and Social Relations. Catherine Alexander and Josh Reno, editors. Pp. 207-233. London: Zed Books.

Halvorson, B. 2010. "Translating the Fifohazana (Awakening): The Politics of Healing and the Colonial Mission Legacy in African Christian Missionization." Journal of Religion in Africa 40, no. 4 (2010): 413-441.


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