I am an Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. My research focuses on the history of religion in South Africa. I see religion as a window into the ideas that matter in people’s daily lives.
My first book project is a history of the Nazaretha Church, one of the oldest and largest of the many faith healing churches that took root in southern Africa in the twentieth century. This project traces the ways that involvement in the Nazaretha community changed how people thought about the future. It is a history of collective hopes, ambitions, and dreams.
I am in the early stages of a second book-length project, which examines how Africans in southern Africa used the Bible to construct–and argue about–racial identities.
To get in touch, email me at ljarvis [at] email [dot] unc [dot] edu. You can also find me on Twitter @laurenvjarvis.