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Phillips Stevens Jr.

Associate Professor
Office: Spaulding Bldg 4, Room 365
Phone Number: (716) 645-0416
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PhD, Northwestern University
MA, Northwestern University
BA, Yale University

Research Interests

Cultural anthropology, religion, cultural change; West Africa, Caribbean.

Courses Offered

Undergraduate Courses
APY 369 | Peoples and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa
APY 377 | Magic, Sorcery and Witchcraft
APY 393 | The Anthropology of Religion
APY 494 | Senior Seminar: Anthro. Approaches to Contemporary Social Issues

Graduate Courses
APY 513 | Cultural Change
APY 555 | Advanced Ethnology: Africa
APY 556 | Seminar in Religion and Society

Selected Publications

2016  40 Years at Play: What Have We Achieved?  In Celebrating 40 Years of Play Research: Connecting our Past, Present, and Future.  Play and Culture Studies, Vol. 13.  Michael M. Patte and John A. Sutterby, eds.  Lanham, MD: University Press of America.  In press.

2016  Anthropology and Sacrifice. In Diversity of Sacrifice: Form and Function of Sacrificial Practices in the Ancient World and Beyond.  Proceedings of 2011 IEMA Conference.  Carrie Murray, ed.  Albany: SUNY Press, pp. 15-29.

2015  Articles on “Culture and Sexuality” (283-290), “Mystical Genital Power” (pp. 469-471), and “Pollution, Sexual” (913-915) in International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, Patricia Whelehan and Anne Bolin, eds.  Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

2015  The Star of Bethlehem: Exploring the Persian Connection. Natural History, April, 36-38.

2012  TA(A)SP: The Formative Years. The International Journal of Play I, 1, March, 96-102.2011 (ed.) The Anthropology of Religion: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies. 4 volumes. London: Routledge.

2011 (ed.) The Anthropology of Religion: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies. 4 volumes. London: Routledge.

2010b  “Cults,” in Brigitte H. Bechtold and Donna Cooper Graves, eds. An Encyclopedia of Infanticide. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 76-78.

2010a  Articles on “Esu” (Vol. I, pp. 347-8), “Mangu” (II, 99-101), “Spirits and Spirit Possession” (II, 355-357),  “Vodou” (II, 411-413), and “Witchcraft” (II, 429-434). In, F. Abiola Irele and Biodun Jeyifo, eds., Encyclopedia of African Thought. New York: Oxford University Press.

2008b  Play and Liminality in Rites of Passage: From Elder to Ancestor in West Africa (see 2004a) In Richard L. Warms, James F. Garber, and R. Jon McGee, eds., Sacred Realms: Essays in Religion, Belief, and Society. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw- Hill, pp. 175-185.

2008a  Universal Cultural Elements in the Satanic Demonology. In James R. Lewis and Jesper A. Petersen, eds., Encyclopedic Sourcebook of Satanism. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, pp. 264-273.

2006b  Women’s Aggressive Use of Genital Power in Africa. Transcultural Psychiatry, special issue in honor of Raymond Prince. Vol. 43, No. 4, December, 592-599.

2006a  Articles on “Magic” (pp. 1512-1518), “Mana” (1525-1526), “Sorcery” (2117-2120), “Symboling” (2148-2150), “Taboos” (2153-2154), “Witch Doctor” (2317-2318), and ‘Witchcraft” (2319-2324). In Encyclopedia of Anthropology. H. James Birx, ed. Thousand Oaks , CA : Sage Publications.

2005  “Witches.” In Anand Prahlad, ed., The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African-American Folklore. Westport , CT : Greenwood Press, pp. 1375-1381.

2005  Articles on “Magic, Sorcery and Witchcraft in Africa” (pp. 684-688) and “Magic, Sorcery and Witchcraft in the Americas” (688-690), in K. Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., eds., Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African-American Experience, 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press.