Dr. Brian Brazeal

 See also, ALVA Website: www.csuchico.edu/alva

Contact Information:

Phone: 898-4094
email: bcbrazeal@csuchico.edu
Office: Butte 315


BA 1999 Reed College
MA 2001 University of Chicago
PhD 2007 University of Chicago

Research Interests:

My research interests are in the anthropology of religion and in visual anthropology. I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork on the African derived religions of Brazil and on the religious communities in the global emerald trade. I have studied the ways in which religious beliefs and practices shape, and are shaped by, mundane economies. My work has examined magic and witchcraft and also religious asceticism and prodigality. I have also studied the use of music in ritual contexts.

In visual anthropology I am particularly interested in using cutting edge audio-visual technologies to communicate the results of anthropological research to the widest possible audiences. I founded and direct the Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology, where students and faculty collaborate to produce anthropological documentary films for television broadcast and use in classrooms. 

Selected Publications:

“The Fetish and the Stone: A Moral Economy of Charlatans and Thieves.” Accepted for publication in an edited volume titled, Spirited Things: The Work of Possession in Black Atlantic Religions.” Paul Johnson ed. the University of Chicago Press. 2014.

“Coins for the Dead, Money on the Floor,” Published in an Edited Volume titled, Economies of Relation: Money and Personhood in the Lusophone World. Roger Sansi-Roca ed. Published by Tagus Press at the University of Massachusetts. 2013.

“Indian Religions in the Global Emerald Trade” in The Visual Anthropology Review. 28 (2) 120-132. Fall 2012.

“A Goat’s Tale: Diabolical Economies of the Bahian Interior,” in, Activating the Past: History and Memory in the Black Atlantic Andrew Apter and Robin Derby eds. Cambridge Scholars Press. 2010.

“Dona Preta’s Trek To Cachoeira” Africas in the Americas: Beyond the Search for Origins Stephan Palmié ed.  Brill Press 2008.

“The Music of the Bahian Caboclos.”  Anthropological Quarterly.  73(4)  Fall  2003. 


The Cross and the Crossroads. Lala and Bala Productions. 2004