Stephen D. Glazier

Research AnthropologistStephen Glazier

Stephen D. Glazier’s research interests are Religious Conversion across Cultures, Transcultural Psychiatry, Religion and Ecology, and Caribbean archaeology. He conducted fieldwork on the Caribbean island of Trinidad focusing on Afro-Caribbean religions. Glazier cataloged Irving Rouse’s St. Joseph (Trinidad) and Mayo (Trinidad) collections for the Yale Peabody Museum. He has held appointments as a Lecturer at the University of Connecticut, as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Trinity College (Hartford), as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Connecticut College, and as Associate Professor at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. In 2016, he retired as Professor of Anthropology and Graduate Faculty Fellow at the University of Nebraska. He taught classes in general (four-field) anthropology, race and minority relations, and the anthropology of belief systems. Glazier earned his BA at Eastern University and began graduate studies in Anthropology at Princeton University taking classes from Martin G. Silverman, Hildred Geertz, Alfonso Ortiz, and Vincent Crapanzano.  Glazier also earned an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. His M. Div. thesis (directed by James Loder) dealt with patterns of schizophrenic speech.  Glazier earned his MA (1976) and Ph. D. (1981) degrees in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut, Storrs. His dissertation advisors were Seth Leacock, Dennison J. Nash, and Ronald M. Wintrob. Glazier served as book review editor of the journal Anthropology of Consciousness. He was elected for two terms as President of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness. He also served as Vice-President and Secretary of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion and as a Council Member and Secretary of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Selected Professional Publications


Stephen D. Glazier and Charles A. Flowerday, editors. 2003. Selected Readings in the Anthropology of Religion: Theoretical and Methodological Essays. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Andrew S. Buckser and Stephen D. Glazier, editors. 2003. The Anthropology of Religious Conversion. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Stephen D. Glazier, general editor. 2001. The Encyclopedia of African and African American Religions New York and London: Routledge.

Stephen D. Glazier, editor. 1999. Anthropology of Religion: A Handbook. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Stephen D. Glazier. 1991. Marchin’ the Pilgrims Home: A Study of Spiritual Baptists of Trinidad. Salem, WI: Sheffield Publishing

Stephen D. Glazier, editor. 1985. Caribbean Ethnicity Revisited. New York and London: Gordon and Breach.

Stephen D. Glazier. editor. 1980. Perspectives on Pentecostalism: Case Studies from the Caribbean and Latin America. Washington, DC: University Press of America

Music recording

Stephen D. Glazier 1980. Spiritual Baptist Music of Trinidad; Recorded in Trinidad by Stephen D. Glazier. FE 4234. New York: Folkways Record and Service Corp. (Re-issued in 1991 by The Smithsonian Institution).

Book Chapters

Stephen D. Glazier. 2019 “Edith L. B. Turner.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Anthropology. John Jackson, editor. New York: Oxford University Press.

Stephen D. Glazier. 2019. “Making Caribbean Religious Musics.” Oxford Handbook of Caribbean Religions. Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, editor. New York: Oxford University Press.

Stephen D. Glazier. 2017. “World Rastafarianism and Challenges to the Status of the Rasta Woman.” Chapter 12. Religious Encounters in Transcultural Society. David W. Kim, editor. Lanham. MD: Lexington Books, pp 223-238.

Stephen D. Glazier. 2017. “Dreams and Dream Interpretations.” Culture and Customs of the Yoruba. edited by Toyin Falola and Akintunder Akinyemi. Austin, TX and Ibadan, Nigeria: Pan-African University Press, pp. 379-387.

Stephen D. Glazier. 2016. “Foreword to the Chase.” Chasing Religion in the Caribbean: Ethnographic Journeys from Antigua to Trinidad, by Peter G. Marina. New York and London: Palgrave, pp. vii-xv.

Stephen D. Glazier.  2016.  “Yoruba Color Symbolism” in The Encyclopedia of the Yoruba.  Toyin Falola and A. Akinyemi, editors. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, pp. 71-72.

Stephen D. Glazier.  2015. “Pilgrimages in the Caribbean: A Comparison of Cases from Haiti and Trinidad’. In Religion, Pilgrimage, and Tourism, edited by Alex Norman, Carole M. Cusack.  New York and London: Routledge

Stephen D. Glazier.  2015. “Conduits, Barriers, and Interaction Spheres: Re-Thinking the Island of Trinidad in the Guiana Cultural Area.” Proceedings of the 25th International Congress for Caribbean Archaeology. Laura Del Olmo, editor. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Instituto de Cultura Puertorriguena, pp. 379-394

Noel Titus and Stephen D. Glazier. 2014. “Grenada” Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices, Thomas Riggs, editor. Gale Research, vol. 3, pp. 13-18.

Stephen D. Glazier. 2013. “Sango Healers and Healing in the Caribbean.” Chapter 7 in Caribbean Healing Traditions: Implications for Health and Mental Health. Patsy Sutherland. Roy Moodley, and Barry Chavannes, editors. New York and London: Routledge. pp. 89-100.

Stephen D. Glazier. 2013. “Introduction.” The Italians of Rochester, New York, Post-World War II: Immigration, Prosperity and Change, by Frank A. Salamone. Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen, pp. 1-9.

Stephen D. Glazier. 2013. “Rastafarianism” in Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, 2nd edition. Patrick L. Mason, editor. New York: Macmillan Reference, pp. 472-474

Stephen D. Glazier. 2012. “Religious Developments in the Caribbean between 1865 and 1945” in The Cambridge History of Religions in America. Vol. II: Religions in America, 1790-1945. Stephen J. Stein, editor. New York and London: Cambridge University Press, pp. 727-748

Stephen D. Glazier.  2012. “Mel and Zora’s Heroic Adventure: Representing Haitian Voodoo to 20th Century Americans.” in The Heroic Anthropologist Rides Again: The Depiction of the Anthropologist in Popular Culture. Frank A. Salamone, editor. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK:  Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 81-92.

Stephen D. Glazier.  2011. “Anthropology and Religious Belief” in The Anthropology of Religion: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies. Phillips Stevens Jr, and Denice J. Szafran, editors.  New York and London: Routledge, volume I, pp. 32-37.

Stephen D. Glazier and Mary J. Hallin. 2010. “Health and Illness” in 21st Century Anthropology, H. James Birx, editor. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Reference, volume 2, pp. 925-935.

Stephen D. Glazier. 2009. “Wither Sango?: An Inquiry into Sango’s ‘Authenticity’ and Prominence in the Caribbean ” in Sango in Africa and the African Diaspora. Joel E. Tishken, Toyin Falola, and A. Akinyemi, editors. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp. 233-247.


Stephen D. Glazier and Carol R. Ember. 2018. “Religion” in C. R. Ember, editor and compiler. Explaining Human Culture. New Haven, CT: Human Relations Area Files

Stephen D. Glazier. 2018. “From Dissection to Discernment: Edie Turner, Victor Turner and Jonathan Edwards on the Ontological Status of Spirits.” The Intellectual Legacy of Victor and Edith Turner. Frank A. Salamone and Marjorie M. Snipes, editors. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, pp. 35-53.

Stephen D. Glazier. 2018. “An Ethnography of a Vodu Shrine in Southern Togo: Of Spirit, Slave and Sea,” by Eric J. Montgomery and Christian N. Vannier. Religion 48(4): 734-737.

Stephen D. Glazier. 2018. “Edith L. B. Turner (1921-2016).” American Anthropologist 120 (1): 186-189.

Stephen D. Glazier. 2012. “If ‘Old Heads’ Could Talk.” Anthropologica 54 (2): 199-209.

Stephen D. Glazier. 2008.”Demanding Spirits and Reluctant Devotees: Belief and Unbelief in the Trinidadian Orisa Movement.” Social Analysis 52 (1):19-38.