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. She is broadly interested in minority politics, critical mission history, postcolonial nationalism, and global religious movements. Her fieldwork so far has focused on two traditions, Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelical Protestantism, and her research has explored two geographic regions, the Middle East and East Asia. Heo's first book The Political Lives of Saints: Christian-Muslim Mediation in Egypt (University of California Press 2018) offers a form-sensitive account of Coptic Orthodoxy and Christian-Muslim relations from before the Arab uprisings to their post-revolutionary aftermath. Drawing on traditions of martyrdom, pilgrimage, and icon veneration, it analyzes embodied practices of imagination to grasp the vexed interplay of nationalism and sectarianism in Egypt. Heo's second book (in progress) turns to various sites of religious freedom, transnational capitalism, and Cold War empire in the Korean peninsula.


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Select work: 

"Religion and Borders in (Post-) Cold War Peripheries" co-edited special issue in The Journal of Religion (2019) 

"The Virgin Between Christianity and Islam: Sainthood, Media, and Modernity in Egypt" in Journal of the American Academy of Religion (2013) 

"The Bodily Threat of Miracles: Security, Sacramentality and the Egyptian Politics of Public Order" in American Ethnologist (2013)

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Current and Upcoming Courses
  • Religion and Economy