Asst/Prof Debra McDougall
Anthropology and Sociology
- Contact details
- Anthropology and Sociology
The University of Western Australia (M255)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
- 6488 2869
- 6488 1062
- BA Penn. MA PhD Chic.
- Debra McDougall earned both her MA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, having completed an undergraduate degree in History with honors from the Pennsylvania State University. Currently an Assistant Professor in Anthropology and Sociology, she joined the University of Western Australian in 2006 as an Australian Postdoctoral Fellow and is currently an Assistant Professor.
- Key research
- Debra has conducted extensive fieldwork in Solomon Islands (primarily the Western Province Island of Ranongga) since 1998. She was Chief Investigator on an ARC funded Discovery Project entitled ‘Christianity, conflict, and culture: An anthropological investigation of the political role of churches in Solomon Islands’(2006-2010). With Matt Tomlinson, she has edited a volume entitled Christian Politics in Oceania (Berghahn Books, 2013), which has garnered advanced praise as a ‘path-breaking’ book that will be ‘the baseline and point of departure for subsequent efforts.’ She has also published articles in top world ranked journals and edited books on topics including vernacular language education and Bible translation, pre-Christian warfare, property disputes, conflict and peacemaking, women’s Christian fellowship, and men’s conversion to Islam as well as essays on the anthropology of Christianity.
2013. Christian Politics in Oceania (co-edited with Matt Tomlinson), New York: Berghahn Books. http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title.php?rowtag=TomlinsonChristian
Submitted to editors, 'Tired for nothing? Women, Chiefs, and the Domestificationof Customary Authority in Solomon Islands,' chapter in Paradoxes of Domesticity: Christian Missionaries and Women in Asia and the Pacific, Margaret Jolly and Hyaeweol Choi,eds. to be submitted to Duke University Press.
2013 (co-author Matt Tomlinson). ‘Introduction: Christian Politics in Oceania,’ in Christian Politics in Oceania, Matt Tomlinson and Debra McDougall, eds. Pp 1-21. New York: Berghahn Books.
2013. ‘Evangelical Public Culture: Making Stranger-Citizens in Solomon Islands,’ in Christian Politics in Oceania Matt Tomlinson and Debra McDougall, eds. Pp 122-145. New York: Berghahn Books.
2011. ‘Church, Company, Committee, Chief: Emergent Collectivities in Rural Solomon Islands, in Managing Modernity: Capitalism, Cosmology, and Globalization in the Pacific, Mary Patterson and Martha Macintyre, eds. Pp 121-146. Brisbane: University of Queensland Press.
2011 (with Joy Kere). 'Christianity, Custom, and Law: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Post-Conflict Solomon Islands,' In Mediating Across Difference: Indigenous, Oceanic and Asian Approaches to Conflict Resolution, Morgan Brigg and Roland Bleiker, eds. Pp 141-162. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press.
Accepted for publication, ‘Spiritual “capacity”? Overseas religious missions in RAMSI-era Solomon Islands.” State, Society, and Governance in Melanesia Project Discussion Paper Series, Canberra: Australian National University.
2009. 'Becoming Sinless: Converting to Islam in the Christian Solomon Islands,' American Anthropologist 111 (4): 480-491. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1548-1433.2009.01157.x/abstract
2009. 'Rethinking Christianity and Anthropology: A Review Article (review essay),' Anthropological Forum 19 (2): 185-194. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00664670902980413
2009. Christianity, Relationality, and the Material Limits of Individualism: Reflections on Robbins’s Becoming Sinners,' The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 10 (1): 1-19. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14442210802706855#
2008. 'Religious Institutions as Alternative Structures in Post-conflict Solomon Islands: Cases from the Western Province,' State, Society, and Governance in Melanesia Project Discussion Paper Series, 2008/5, Canberra: Australian National. University.http://ips.cap.anu.edu.au/ssgm/papers/discussion_papers/08_05.pdf
2008. 'Christian Dilemmas Beyond Locality' [Review essay on Webb Keane, Christian Moderns: Freedom and Fetish in the Mission Encounter (U California, 2007) and Matthew Engelke, A Problem of Presence: Beyond Scripture in an African Church (U California, 2007)] Current Anthropology, 49 (5): 945-946. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/590354
2007 (with S. Albert, J. Udy, G. Baines). 'Dramatic tectonic uplift of fringing reefs on Ranongga Is., Solomon Islands,' Coral Reefs (Online First edition). (http://www.springerlink.com/content/22v15n7k4225h182/fulltext.html)
2006. 'New Interventions, Old Asymmetries: Australia & the Solomon Islands,' The New Critic, Issue 3, 2006, online (http://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/the_new_critic).
2005. 'The Unintended Consequences of Clarification: Development, Disputing, and the Dynamics of Community in Ranongga, Solomon Islands,' Ethnohistory 52 (1): 81-109.
2003. 'Fellowship and Citizenship as Models of National Community: United Church Women's Fellowship in Ranongga, Solomon Islands,' Oceania 74 (1-2): 61-80.
2000. 'Paths of Pinauzu: Captivity and Social Reproduction in Ranongga,' Journal of the Polynesian Society 109 (1): 99-113. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20706909
- Roles, responsibilities and expertise
- Debra has broad expertise in the anthropology of the Pacific Islands, the interdisciplinary study of religion and globalisation, gender, development, and conflict.
- Funding received
- 2006 Australian Research Council Discovery Grant
- Kubokota and Luqa, Austronesian languages of Solomon Island
Solomon Islands Pijin
- Australian Anthropological Society
American Anthropological Association
- Previous positions
- ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Anthropology and Sociology, University of Western Australia, 2006-2010.
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA), 2004-2006
Preceptor, Program in International Studies, University of Chicago, 2003-2004
Lecturer, Department of Anthropology and Social Science Collegiate Division, University of Chicago 2004.
- Debra coordinates ANTH1002 'Global Change, Local Responses; Religion: Anthropological and Sociological Approaches'; ANTH2901 'Religion and Globalization,' and ANTH 2402 'Religion: Anthropological and Sociological Approaches.'
She welcomes inquiries from potential postdoctoral students seeking to undertake research on religion and globalisation, gender, development, and conflict in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Current external positions
- Expert peer reviewer, Justice for the Poor Project, World Bank in Honiara.
- New and noteworthy
- Students Akram Azimi and Michael Sheldrick on their involvement with the Faith & Globalisation Initiative and Religion and Globalisation unit at UWA: http://www.youtube.com/user/TonyBlairFaithFdn
- Current projects
- Book manuscript entitled Engaging with Strangers: Love and Violence in the Rural Solomon Islands.
- Research profile
Research profile and publications