Terry Rey

t rey advocate_croppedChair & Associate Professor

(215) 204-8755
619 Anderson Hall
1114 Polett Walk
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122
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African and African Diasporic Religions, Anthropology and Sociology of Religion


Educated at universities on four continents, and having lived ten years of his adult life in Zaire and Haiti, Professor Rey specializes in the anthropology and history of African and African diasporic religions. His current research projects focus on violence and religion in Central African and Haitian history. Through it all, he maintains a keen interest in the work and influence of French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. Dr. Rey is the 2008 recipient of the Eleanor Hofkin Award for Teaching Excellence in the College of Liberal Arts and a 2011 recipient of the Provost’s Award for Innovative Teaching in General Education.

Selected Publications

  • Our Lady of Class Struggle: The Cult of the Virgin Mary in Haiti (1999)
  • Bourdieu on Religion: Imposing Faith and Legitimacy (2007)
  • Orisa Devotion as World Religion: The Globalization of Yoruba Religious Culture (2008)
  • Churches and Charity in the Immigrant City: Religion, Immigration, and Civic Engagement in Miami (2009)
  • Crossing the Water and Keeping the Faith: Haitian Religion in Miami (2013)
  • The Priest and the Prophetess: Abbé Ouvière, Romaine Rivière, and the Revolutionary Atlantic World (2017)

Courses Taught

  • African Religions and New World Culture
  • Religion in Philadelphia
  • Religion in the World
  • Race and Poverty in the Americas
  • Death and Dying
  • Foundations in African Religions
  • Foundations in Religion and the Social Sciences