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Dr Susannah Crockford

Senior Lecturer (Anthropology)

Amory 318

I am a lecturer in anthropology, specialising in environmental and medical anthropology and the anthropology of religion. I am an affiliate of the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health. My first book, Ripples of the Universe: Spirituality in Sedona, Arizona, was published in May 2021 by the University of Chicago Press. I am currently working on a second book, an ethnography of climate change. My next research project will examine the ethics and politics of vaccine refusal. 

Research interests

Environmental anthropology - climate change, 'anthropocene', multispecies ethnography, 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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