Karen Lauterbach

Karen Lauterbach

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

  • Christianity in Africa
  • Religion, politics and social change
  • Religion, displacement and governance  

Current research

  • Institutional trust in Africa
  • The spiritual history and topography of urban space
  • Religion and development, religious institutions and governance
  • Wealth and charismatic Christianity in Africa

Teaching

I teach core courses on 'Introduction to African Studies', 'Religion, Culture and Society' as well as thematic courses on 'Religion and Development' and 'NGOs and Human Rights in Africa'.  

I supervise masters theses on religion, migration, culture and identity, representations of Africa, NGOs, development and governance.  

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Christianity, Wealth, and Spiritual Power in Ghana

    Lauterbach, K., 2017, Palgrave Macmillan. 221 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Religious Entrepreneurs in Ghana

    Lauterbach, K., 2016, Cultural entrepreneurship in Africa. Röschenthaler, U. & Schulz, D. (eds.). Routledge, p. 19-36 18 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Religion and Displacement in Africa: Compassion and Sacrifice in Congolese Churches in Kampala, Uganda

    Lauterbach, K., 2014, In : Religion and Theology: A Journal of Contemporary Religious Discourse. 21, 3-4, p. 290-308 19.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Spiritual gifts and relations of exchange among Congolese in Kampala, Uganda

    Lauterbach, K., 2014, Religion and Development - Nordic Perspectives on Involvement in Africa. Sundnes Drønen, T. (ed.). New York, NY: Peter Lang, Vol. 20. p. 75-86 12 p. (Bible and Theology in Africa, Vol. 20).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Making Sense of Religious Experience and the 'Problem of Belief' in Fieldwork

    Lauterbach, K., 2013, In : SMT Swedish Missiological Themes. 101, 3-4, p. 267-280 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  6. Becoming a pastor. Youth and social aspirations in Ghana

    Lauterbach, K., 2010, In : Young. 18, 3, p. 259-278

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  7. Published

    Wealth and Worth: Pastorship and Neo-Pentecostalism in Kumasi

    Lauterbach, K., 2009, In : Ghana Studies. 9, p. 91-121

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

ID: 34358506