Angie Heo

Assistant Professor of the Anthropology and Sociology of Religion; also in the College

BA, Harvard University
MA, PhD, University of California at Berkeley

Angie Heo is an anthropologist of religion, media, and economy.  Her research and teaching at the Divinity School covers a range of topics related to the critical study of global Christianities in the modern world.  These topics explore the intersection of everyday religious practices with colonial and national institutions of rule, along with political economies of development and globalization.

Based on fieldwork in Egypt since 2004, Heo’s first book analyzes Coptic Orthodoxy and Christian-Muslim relations.  Her ethnography is attentive to the interplay between material aesthetics, religious mediation and national-sectarian politics.  Heo’s second book project turns to Evangelical Protestantism and Cold War capitalism in the Korean peninsula.  Her ongoing research further examines the transnational consolidation of religious and market freedoms throughout the Pacific Rim. 

Other recent courses have included Jews and Christians in the Middle East; Spirits of Capitalism; Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion; and Transnational Religious Movements.

Her publications include articles in American EthnologistComparative Studies of Society and History, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and Material Religion.

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3/18: The 2018 Brauer Seminar event: Roundtable on Religion, Gender, and Sexuality

773-702-1867
Swift 228 | email: heo (at) uchicago.edu

Current and Upcoming Courses
  • Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion (DVSC 51000)
  • Brauer Seminar: Gender and Sexuality in the Study of Religion (AASR/RLVC/DVPR/RETH 57715)
  • Transnational Religious Movements (AASR 42214)