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2017-2018 Visiting Fellows

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The 2017-2018 Visiting Fellows:


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Anna Kasafi Perkins

Spring 2018

Anna Kasafi Perkins is an ethicist moonlighting as a quality assurance professional at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica.  A former dean of studies/lecturer at St Michael’s Theological College and graduate of Boston College, she has an eclectic set of research interests centring around faith, ethics and popular culture in the Jamaican/Caribbean context with a particular focus on DanceHall.  Her publications include, Justice as Equality: Michael Manley’s Caribbean Vision of Justice (2010), Justice and Peace in a Renewed Caribbean: Contemporary Catholic Reflections (2012, edited volume), Is Moral Dis-Ease Making Jamaica Ill? Revisiting the Conversation (2013) and Quality in Higher Education in the Caribbean (2015, edited volume).

Her current writing project, tentatively entitled, “Throwing Words: Christianity, Ethics and Jamaican Popular Culture”, attempts to explore the intersections between dominant notions of Christian living and DanceHall culture in Jamaica but ranges beyond to treat with aspects of political culture, citizenship, race, masculinity, and sex and sexuality.  Individual chapters explore varying aspects of Church-Culture interface in a fashion that moves the interaction beyond simple condemnation and prohibition, while opening up a space for theological-ethical perspectives; many of these explorations will be refracted through the lens of DanceHall, which gives expression to the social imaginary of the Jamaican people while forming it at the same time.  “ ‘All you have to do is repent before you die’: Tanya Stephens confronts the Doctrine of Repentance” is part of this larger project.


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Hugo H. Rabbia

Spring 2018

Hugo H. Rabbia is a researcher at the Psychology Research Institute (IIPsi) of the National Scientific and Technological Council (CONICET), at the National University of Cordoba (UNC), Argentina. He is a Professor in Social and Political Psychology, at the Catholic University of Cordoba (UCC). He obtained a PhD in Latin American Social Studies at the UNC, and a Master’s Degree in Latin American Social Studies at the Autonomic University of Madrid (Spain) and the Université Toulouse-Le Mirail (France), as a Carolina grant fellow.

He was the director of the Argentinean team involved in the international research project “The transformation of lived religion in urban Latin America: A study of contemporary Latin Americans experience of transcendence” (2015-2018), with Universities from Argentina, Peru, United States and Uruguay, granted by the John Templeton Foundation.

He is author of many papers, articles and books chapters on political participation, social attitudes and religiosity. His current research project, entitled “Types and characteristics of ‘non religious’: social and political attitudes from the outside of religion”, attempt to explore the ongoing complexity of a growing number of ‘nones’ in Argentina, focusing on their attitudes toward gender and sexual issues, the relationship between science and religion, and their political ideology.



Nestor DaCosta

Fall 2017

Nestor Da Costa is an Uruguayan sociologist, specialized in Sociology of Religion.  He obtained PhD in Sociology (2003) at Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao, Spain. He is a researcher at the Catholic University of Uruguay and professor of Sociology of Religion and he also is part of the University CLAEH, at Montevideo. He is Co-PI of the international research project “The transformation of lived religion in urban Latin America: A study of contemporary Latin Americans experience of transcendence” (2015-2018) with Universities from Argentina, Peru, United States and Uruguay and the support of John Templeton Foundation.

He is former president of the Association of Social Scientist of Religion at MERCOSUR (2011-2013). He has been International Coordinator of the Alfa Project of the European Union (2005-2008) on Religion and Modernity in Europe and Latin America. He was Fulbright scholar at University of California at Santa Barbara on Religion Pluralism and Public Presence at the United States (2005). He has been professor at Shanghai University. Is author of many research, articles and books on his field of work.


Sr. Anne Nasimiyu



Fall 2017

Anne Nasimiyu-Wasike has been a full professor of Systematic Theology at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Kenyatta University. For the last six years she was called upon to serve her Religious Institute as their Mother General. She has served two terms as Mother General of the Little Sisters of St. Francis.. She has played various academic roles while at Kenyatta University. For example, she has worked as Supervisor of Kenyatta University Students on Teaching Practice; as Examinations Officer for Philosophy and Religious Studies Department; Acting Dean of students, Kenyatta University; Chairperson of Departmental Postgraduate Committee, Religious Studies Department, Kenyatta University; Dean of Students, Chairperson, School of Humanities and Social Sciences Board of Postgraduate Studies. 

She has published various articles and book chapters for example, Vatican II and Liturgical Adaptations.” African Theological Journal 13.1 (1984); “The Other Africa: Sexism in African Society.” Raggio 54.6 (1987).“Polygamy: A Feminist Critique.” Apostolate to Nomads of AMECEA (ANA) 130-131 (1988).“Christology and an African Woman’s Experience.” Jesus in African Christianity: Experimentation and Diversity in African Christology. Eds. J.N.K. Mugambi and Laurenti Magesa. Nairobi: Initiatives, 1989. 123-135. Rpt. in Faces of Jesus in Africa. Ed. Robert J. Schreiter. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1991. 70-81, and in Liberation Theology: An Introductory Reader. Eds. Curt Cadorette et al. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1992. 92-103. She was the coordinator of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians in East Africa. She was also the women’s coordinator in Africa of the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians. She served on the editorial committee of Propositum, a periodical of Third Order Regular Franciscan history and spirituality published by the International Franciscan Conference. (1992- 2000).

You can find her full CV here.