Britt E. Halvorson

Assistant Professor

Office: Diamond 311 [ campus map ]
Box 8800

Phone: 207-859-5228
Fax: 207-859-4425
Mailing Address:
8800 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8888
Halvorson, Britt E.


Albion College, B.A.

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

Areas of Expertise

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

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
AY112 ACultural Anthropology
AY252 ALanguage, Culture, Discourse
AY253 ACultural Perspectives on Global Economies
AY316 AReligion and Social Change in Contemporary Africa


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

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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