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Dr. Swazey is the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad grant (2009-2010), the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Anthropology (2005-2008) and a former Graduate Fellow of the East West Center in Honolulu, HI, USA (2009-2011).

Her research interests are on religion and identity, culture and Christianity, ethnicity, media and public practices of identity, representation and recognition in the multicultural state, and the construction of ‘the local.’


  • 2013 Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Dissertation: “A place for harmonious difference: mediating Christianity’s relation to culture through the definition of Minahasan identity in the North Sulawesi public”.
  • 2008 M.A. Anthropology, University of Hawai’i Manoa. Thesis: “Carrying God and (re)creating nation through Christianity: Minahasan cultural identity in transnational Indonesian churches in New England”.


  • Locating culture in the church: Minahasan Christians reinterpret their cultural history and identity through religion. Inside Indonesia 98: Oct-December 2009.
  • From the City of Brotherly Love: Observations on Christian-Muslim relations in North Sulawesi. In Explorations 7(2), 2007.


  • Religion and Identity in Southeast Asia.
  • Religion on Film in Southeast Asia.
  • Public Mediations of Islam: Film Islami.
  • Research Methods in Religious Studies .
  • Religion and Tourism: Pious Publics and Accidental Pilgrims.