Carolyn Schwarz

Assistant ProfessorSociology and Anthropology

Carolyn Schwarz is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Since beginning her dissertation fieldwork in 2003, much of her research has focused on the ways that sickness, wellbeing, and charismatic Christianity are experienced by Yolngu people living in Northern Australia. In 2015, she began a research project on non-profit organizations in the United States known as “Healthcare Sharing Ministries” (HCSMs). The project considers how faith is connected to ideas about healthcare delivery and to understandings of wellness and overall wellbeing within HCSMs. Many of the courses that Professor Schwarz teaches draw upon these areas of expertise and offer a more general grounding in anthropological theory and method. Her courses include discussions of such topics as medicine and healing, cultural ideas of wellbeing and personhood, alternative food movements, the human life course, and humanitarian outreach, to name but a few.  

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Publications

Schwarz, C. 2018. “Eating Morality: Food and the Goodness of Care in Northern Aboriginal Australia.” The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 19(1):19-34.

Schwarz, C. 2018. “We’re Here to Worship God: Aboriginal Christians and the Political Dimensions of Personhood.” In Peoples and Change in Indigenous Australia, edited by D. Austin-Broos and F. Merlan, 146-162. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Magowan, F. and C. Schwarz, eds. 2016. Christianity, Conflict, and Renewal in Australia and the Pacific. Leiden: Brill. 

Schwarz, C. 2016. "In Search of Wellness: Christianity and Life Itself in Northern Aboriginal Australia." In Christianity, Conflict, and Renewal in Australia and the Pacific, edited by F. Magowan and C. Schwarz, 161-182. Leiden: Brill.  

Schwarz, C. 2016. "Feminisms, Aboriginal Australia and Torres Strait Islands." In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, edited by N. Naples, Vol. 2, 618-623. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.  

Schwarz, C. and F. Dussart. 2010. "Christianity in Aboriginal Australia Revisited." Special issue, Engaging Christianity in Aboriginal Australia, C. Schwarz and F. Dussart, eds. The Australian Journal of Anthropology  21(1):1-13.    

Schwarz, C. 2010a. "Carrying the Cross, Caring for Kin: The Everyday Life of Charismatic Christianity in Remote Aboriginal Australia." Oceania  80(1):58-77.  

Schwarz, C. 2010b. "Sick Again, Well Again: Sorcery, Christianity, and Kinship in Northern Aboriginal Australia." Anthropological Forum 20(1):61-80.  

External Awards, Honors, Grants

Faculty Affairs Committee Summer Research Grant, Goucher College, 2015 

Research and Creative Endeavors Award, Research and Office of Sponsored Programs at the State University of New York at Potsdam, 2009 

University of Connecticut Humanities Institute Graduate Student Dissertation Fellowship, 2005-2006 

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Research Grant #G2004/6934, 2004-2005 

Institute of International Education Fulbright Grant, 2003-2004 

Conference Papers & Panel Participation

“Not Insured but Not Uninsured Either: The Unusual Position of Healthcare Sharing Ministries in the United States.” Paper presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 3-7, 2018.

"Working Together for God and Our Health: The Collaborative Engagements of Healthcare Sharing Ministries." Paper presented at the Society for Cultural Anthropology Biennial Meeting. Ithaca, New York, May 13-14, 2016.

“Well-Being and the Moral Weight of Food: Everyday Christianity in Northern Aboriginal Australia." Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. Washington, District of Columbia, December 3-7, 2014.

“Work and Working to Be Well: The Everyday of Chronic Illness in Northern Aboriginal Australia.” Paper presented at the Society for Cultural Anthropology Biennial Meeting. Detroit, Michigan, May 9-10, 2014.

“The Promise of Healthy Persons: Christianity, Faith, and Sickness in Northern Aboriginal Australia.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Montreal, Quebec, November 16-20, 2011.