Rebecca C. Bartel

Rebecca C. Bartel is Associate Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion and Associate Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at San Diego State University. Her research takes an anthropological approach to tracing the entangled realms of religion, capitalism, and mechanisms of violence and justice throughout the Americas. Her first book, Card Carrying Christians: Debt and the Making of Free Market Spirituality in Colombia (University of California Press, 2021) considers how systems of belief sustain structures of capital and evoke a precarious financialized subjectivity. The book details the debt upon which the Gospel of Prosperity rests and traces the Christian morality that underwrites financial capitalism. Her current research projects include community-orientated and publicly engaged projects on Border Religion, Anthropologies of Protection, and anti-colonial methods of restorative justice in Colombia.

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