Letha Victor (BA, University of British Columbia; MA, McGill University; PhD, University of Toronto) is a sociocultural anthropologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies.
Her research projects since 2008 have centred on the Acholi sub-region of northern Uganda, where she has conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork on postcolonial violence, haunting, human-spirit relations, and ethics. She is interested in a broad range of issues that include subjectivity, ethics, temporality, social change, religiosity, trauma and the cross-linguistic and cross-cultural legibility of suffering, witchcraft and conspiracy, and debates about morality, ritual expertise, and authenticity in Acholi society. Currently, she is working on a book manuscript about ghostly vengeance and spiritual pollution in contemporary post-war Acholi.
Dr. Victor’s current teaching focuses on ethnographic approaches to religion and healing cross-culturally, as well as religiosity and epistemology in contemporary Africa.
Magic, Science, and Faith: Ethnographic Approaches to Religion and Healing (RELS 3000, ANTH 3090/3020)
Religiosity and (Post)Colonial Encounters in Africa (RELS 4000/5000, ANTH 4020/5090, AFRS 4050/5000)