Richard Reinhardt


Richard Reinhardt is a PhD student in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan, where he studies the history and theory of religion. His dissertation project tracks the 17th-century Capuchin-Franciscans as they engaged African and African diasporic religious forms. Mr. Reinhardt’s research also engages with issues of slavery and the influence of Franciscan spirituality, philosophy, and theology on the Capuchins’ Atlantic missions. Additionally, he is broadly interested in African and African diasporic religions; categories and practices like spirit possession, fetishism, idolatry, and witchcraft, writ-large; and, increasingly, scholastic theology. He has been a coordinator for the Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop on Pre-Modern Atlantic Religion and the Anthro-History Workshop/Reading Group at the University of Michigan for the last two years.