Rosalind I. J. Hackett has been teaching in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville since 1986, and is an adjunct Professor in Anthropology and faculty associate at the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy. She was a Distinguished Professor in the Humanities from 2003-2008.. She taught in Nigerian universities from 1975-1983, while conducting fieldwork. Her graduate degrees are from the University of London (M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Religion) and from the University of Aberdeen (Ph.D. Religious Studies). As an undergraduate, she was a French major at the University of Leeds, before ‘converting’ to the academic study of religion.As a specialist on the religions of Africa, she has published widely on new religious movements in Africa (New Religious Movements in Nigeria, ed. 1987), religious pluralism (Religion in Calabar, 1989), art (Art and Religion in Africa 1996), gender, the media, and religion in relation to human rights (Religious Persecution as a U.S. Policy Issue, co-ed., 1999). She recently published an edited book, Proselytization Revisited: Rights Talk, Free Markets, and Culture Wars (London: Equinox, 2008), and has co-edited Religious Dimensions of Conflict and Peace in Neoliberal Africa(Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2010). She is also bringing to completion Nigeria: Religion in the Balance (US Institute of Peace). Her future research plans include a monograph and a co-edited work on religious media in Africa.Rosalind lectures widely in the U.S. and around the world. She has recently held fellowships at Harvard University (2000-01) and the University of Notre Dame, where she was Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at the Joan B. Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies from 2003-04.