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Dr Susannah Crockford

Lecturer (Anthropology)

Amory 318

I am a lecturer in anthropology, specialising in environmental and medical anthropology and the anthropology of religion. Within Exeter University, I am an affiliate of the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, Egenis the Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences, the Magic Centre, and the Global Systems Institute. My first book, Ripples of the Universe: Spirituality in Sedona, Arizona, was published in May 2021 by the University of Chicago Press. It was a Finalist for the American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion, Analytic-Descriptive Studies in 2022. I am currently working on a second book, a multi-sited ethnography of climate change. My next research project will examine the ethics and politics of conspiracy theories in south-west England. 

Research group links

Research interests

Environmental anthropology - climate change, 'anthropocene', oceans, forest fires

Medical anthropology - opposition to vaccination, wellness and 'alternative health' practices, naturopathy, public understanding of medicine

Anthropology of religion - new age spirituality, conspiracy theories, 'belief', Christian nationalism, shamanism, new religious movements

Digital ethnography - methodologies, online extremism, social media, disinformation

Field sites - Arizona, Missouri and Louisiana in the USA, Belgium, Sweden, and UK

Research supervision

 I am happy to receive enquiries from students regarding any of my research areas

External impact and engagement


Public Scholarship



University of Exeter, Lecturer, 2022-

Ghent University, Belgium, Post-doctoral Reseacher, 2018-2020

London School of Economics and Political Science, PhD, 2011-2017

University of Amsterdam, MA, 2008-2010

University of Cambridge, MA, 2000-2003

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