Cynthia Hoehler-Fatton

Associate Professor

Gibson Hall, S-061


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

Research Interests

  • African indigenous churches
  • Islam in East Africa
  • Gender and religion in Africa
My teaching and scholarship concentrate on the intersections between African indigenous religions and Christianity and Islam over the last hundred years. I am fascinated by religious change, and my research—whether it be on gender in East African independent churches, the revitalization of "ATR"  (African Traditional Religion) in post-apartheid South Africa, or my current work on the introduction of Islam into Western Kenya—reflects my ongoing interest in the dynamism of religion. For several years, I served as Associate Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute, where I directed the undergraduate interdisciplinary program in African-American and African Studies.