My name is Jamie Lee Andreson, I am currently living in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil as a Fulbright-Hays DDRA scholar to complete my doctoral dissertation research on the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé in Salvador. I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Interdepartmental Program of Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. A few years ago I completed my M.A. degree at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), where I pursued a project on U.S. anthropologist Ruth Landes and her theory of matriarchy in the Candomblés of Bahia. My research revisits her hypotheses and questions her methods to re-evaluate central issues related to gender and sexuality in this African-inspired religion practiced widely in Brazil. This project was first initiated in 2011 when I did a study abroad program in Salvador and wrote an honors thesis for the completion of my B.A. in History at UC Berkeley in 2012. I have previously received financial support from the Ruth Landes Memorial Foundation to pursue this project. My broader interests include Latin American and Caribbean History, Religious Studies, Gender and Sexuality, and the African Diaspora.
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