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Cynthia Hoehler-Fatton

Associate Professor; Interim Director of the Undergraduate Program


  • BA, Bowdoin College
  • MA, University of Virginia
  • PhD, University of Virginia

Research Interests

  • The history of East African religious movements
  • Indigenous religions, Christianity, and Islam in Western Kenya
  • Gender and religion in Africa
  • African indigenous religious rituals
  • History of religions, theory and method


  • The Religious Quest (RELG 1500)
  • Introduction to African Religions (RELA 2750)
  • Christianity in Africa (RELA/C 3890)
  • Women and Religion in Africa (RELA/AAS 3000)
  • Religious Themes in African Literature and Film (RELA 4559)
  • Christian Missions in Contemporary Africa (RELA 4085)
  • Crafting a Research Project in Religious Studies (RELG 4800/RELG 5801)
  • Theories in the Study of Religion (Co-taught; RELG 5170)

Selected Work

  • Millennialism on the Margins: Islam and Patterns of Religious Change in Colonial Western Kenya.  Book manuscript in-progress.
  • "The Roho Churches of Kenya.” Encyclopedia of African Religions and Philosophy. Edited by V.Y. Mudimbe and Kasereka Kavwahirehi. Springer Publishing. In Press.
  • "Possessing Spirits, Powerful Water and Possible Continuities.” In East African Revival: History and Legacies, edited by Brian Ward and Emma Wildwood. Ashgate Publishers, 2012, 73-87.
  • “Henry Owuor Anyumba.” Dictionary of African Biography. Edited by Emmanuel K. Akyeampong and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Oxford University Press. 2011.
  • Women of Fire and Spirit: History, Faith and Gender in Roho Religion in Western Kenya. Oxford University Press. 1996.