Elena Jefferson-Tatum

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Elena Jefferson-Tatum

Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor of Religion -- Tufts University


Elana Jefferson-Tatum received her PhD in religion from Emory University in 2016.

Her research investigates problems of translation and interpretation in the study of African religious cultures with an attention to theories and methods in the study of religion that participate in colonialist constructions of African and Africana sacred worlds as religiously other. Her current research specifically investigates Vodun religious-material cultures as productive sites for re-imagining "religion" as material, immanent, and natural. She is presently revising her dissertation project for book publication.


from Tufts University