Location: Bowdoin / Laura Premack

Africana Studies

Laura Premack

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Africana Studies and Latin American Studies

Contact Information

Africana Studies
206 Boody-Johnson House

Spring 2014

  • Beyond Capoeira: History and Politics of Afro-Brazilian Culture (AFRS 2210/HIST 2871/LAS2110)
  • Spiritual Encounters: African Religion in the Americas (AFRS 3362/LAS 3362)

Laura Premack


  • B.A. Wesleyan
  • Ed.M. Harvard
  • M.A., Ph.D. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Journal Articles

“‘The Holy Rollers are Invading Our Territory’: Southern Baptist Missionaries and the Early Years of Pentecostalism in Brazil.” Journal of Religious History 35, no. 1 (2011): 1-23.

“Pentecostalism in the Atlantic World: A Global Historical Approach,” Ogbomoso Journal of Theology 13, no. 1 (2008): 99-109.

(In Preparation) "Prophets, Evangelists and Missionaries: Trans-Atlantic Interactions in the Emergence of Nigerian Pentecostalism," invited contribution for Religion, Special Edition on African Christianities, Joel Tisken, ed.

Book Chapters

(In Press) “The Coca-Cola of Churches Arrives’: Nigeria’s Redeemed Christian Church of God in Brazil.” The Public Face of African New Religious Movements in the West, Afe Adogame, ed. London: Ashgate/INFORM Series on Minority Religions and Spiritual Movements.

(Under Review) “Bless Us With Children: Pregnancy, Prosperity, and Pragmatism in Nigeria’s Christ Apostolic Church.” Elizabeth Pritchard and Judith Casselberry, eds., Black Women and Pentecostalism in Diaspora, publisher tbd.

Book Reviews

“Review of C. Matthews Samson, Re-Enchanting the World: Maya Protestantism in the Guatemalan Highlands.” Journal of Religious History 34, no. 4 (2010): 490-91.

“Review of Roberto R. Treviño, The Church in the Barrio: Mexican American Ethno-Catholicism in Houston.” Journal of Religious History 33, no. 3 (2009): 395-96.


(In Preparation) “Contours of Global Christianity,” invited blog post for American Society of Church History.

Complete CV in PDF Format PDF

Beyond Capoeira: History and Politics of Afro-Brazilian Culture (Fall 2012, Spring 2014)

Demons and Deliverance in the Atlantic World (Spring 2013, Fall 2013)

Global Pentecostalism: The Roots and Routes of 20th Century Christianity (Spring 2013)

Spiritual Encounters: African Religion in the Americas (Spring 2014)